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                                                       Calendar No. 841
106th Congress                                                   Report
                                 SENATE
 2d Session                                                     106-503

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                TARIFF SUSPENSION AND TRADE ACT OF 2000

                                _______
                                

   October 12 (legislative day, September 22), 2000.--Ordered to be 
                                printed

                                _______
                                

               Mr. Roth, from the Committee on Finance, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 4868]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Finance, to which was referred the bill 
(H.R. 4868) to make technical corrections and miscellaneous 
amendments to the trade laws, having considered the same, 
reports favorably thereon with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute and recommends that the bill, as amended, do pass.

                             I. BACKGROUND

    On June 1, 2000, Chairman Roth requested public comment on 
a package of technical corrections, temporary duty suspensions 
or reductions and other miscellaneous trade proposals 
introduced during the 106th Congress and referred to the 
Committee on Finance. H.R. 4868, as amended, includes many of 
these bills which, based upon the comments submitted to the 
Committee on Finance by the public, the U.S. Customs Service, 
the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade 
Commission (ITC), the United States Trade Representative and 
other agencies, the Committee has found to be non-
controversial.

                  II. SUMMARY OF H.R. 4868, AS AMENDED


                        SHORT TITLE (SECTION 1)

    This section provides that this Act may be cited as the 
``Tariff Suspension and Trade Act of 2000.''

                     TABLE OF CONTENTS (SECTION 2)

                       Title I--Tariff Provisions


                        REFERENCE (SEC. 1001(a))

Present law

    No provision.

Explanation of provision

    This section provides that except as otherwise expressly 
provided, whenever in this title an amendment or repeal is 
expressed in terms of an amendment to, or repeal of, a chapter, 
subchapter, note, additional U.S. note, heading, subheading, or 
other provision, the reference shall be considered to be made 
to a chapter, subchapter, note, additional U.S. note, heading, 
subheading, or other provision of the Harmonized Tariff 
Schedule of the United States (19 U.S.C. 3007).

Reason for change

    This clarifies that the amendments or repeals made by this 
title apply to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United 
States, except as otherwise provided.

                   EXPIRED PROVISIONS (SEC. 1001(b))

Present law

    Subchapter II of Chapter 99 contains the identified 
headings that have expired.

Explanation of provision

    This provision strikes the identified expired headings from 
Subchapter II of Chapter 99.

Reason for change

    The identified headings were temporary and have expired.

                       HIV/AIDS DRUG (SEC. 1101)

Present law

    The HIV/AIDS drug [4R-[3(2S*,3S*), 4R*]]-3-[2-Hydroxy-3-
[(3-hydroxy-2-methyl benzoyl) amino]-1-oxo-4-phenylbutyl]-5,5-
dimethyl-N-[(2-methylphenyl)methyl]-4-thiazolidinecarboxamide 
(CAS No. 186538-00-1) (provided for in subheading 2930.90.90) 
is subject to an NTR duty rate of 3.7% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTSUS by inserting a new heading for a certain HIV/AIDS drug, 
[4R-[3(2S*,3S*), 4R*]]-3-[2-Hydroxy-3-[(3-hydroxy-2-methyl 
benzoyl)amino]-1-oxo-4-phenylbutyl]-5,5-dimethyl-N-[(2-
methylphenyl)
methyl]-4-thiazolidinecarboxamide (CAS No. 186538-00-1) 
(provided for in subheading 2930.90.90), as duty free until 
December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical and 
pharmaceutical companies to reduce costs in manufacturing this 
much-needed pharmaceutical for HIV/AIDS.

                       HIV/AIDS DRUG (SEC. 1102)

Present law

    The HIV/AIDS drug 5-[(3,5-Dichlorophenyl)thio]-4-(1-methyl
ethyl)-1(4-pyridinylmethyl)-1H-imidazole-2-methanol caramate 
(as provided for in 2933.39.61) is subject to an NTR duty rate 
of 10.4% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    The provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for certain HIV/AIDS drug 5-
[(3,5-Dichlorophenyl)thio]-4-(1-methylethyl)-1-(4-
pyridinylmethyl)-1H-
imidazole-2-m ethanol carbamate (CAS No.178979-85-6) (provided 
for in subheading 2933.39.61), as duty free until December 31, 
2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical and 
pharmaceutical companies to reduce costs in manufacturing this 
much-needed pharmaceutical for HIV/AIDS.

                      TRIACETONEAMINE (SEC. 1103)

Present law

    Triacetoneamine, 4-piperdone 2,2,6,6 tetramethyl (CAS No. 
826-36-8) (as provided for in subheading 2933.39.61) is subject 
to an NTR duty rate of 9.3% (2000), 8.6% (2001), 7.9% (2002) ad 
valorem.

Explanation of provision

    The provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for triacetonamine, 4-piperdone 
2,2,6,6 tetramethyl (CAS No. 826-36-8) (provided for in 
subheading 2933.39.61) and any mixtures containing the 
foregoing, as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                INSTANT PRINT FILM IN ROLLS (SEC. 1104)

Present law

    Instant print film in rolls (as provided for in subheading 
3702.20.00) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 3.7% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for instant print film, in rolls 
(provided for in subheading 3702.20.00), as duty free until 
December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. producers of instant print 
film to reduce their manufacturing costs, making these products 
competitive with alternative photographic technology without 
jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer. The film in rolls is 
used primarily by professional photographers and in other 
applications not served by flat film.

                  COLOR INSTANT PRINT FILM (SEC. 1105)

Present law

    Instant print film for color photography (provided for in 
subheading 3701.20.00) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 3.7% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for instant print film for color 
photography (provided for in subheading 3701.20.00) as a 
temporary duty reduction to 2.8% ad valorem until December 31, 
2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. producers of instant print 
film to reduce their manufacturing costs, making these products 
competitive with alternative photographic technology without 
jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

MIXTURES OF SENNOSIDES AND MIXTURES OF SENNOSIDES AND THEIR SALTS (SEC. 
                                 1106)

Present law

    Mixtures of sennosides and sennosides and their salts 
(provided for in subheading 2938.90.00) are subject to NTR duty 
rate of 3.7% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for mixtures of sennosides and 
sennosides and their salts (provided for in subheading 
2938.90.00), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                    CIBACRON RED LS-B HC (SEC. 1107)

Present law

    Reactive Red 270 (CAS No. 155522-05-7) (provided for in 
subheading 3204.16.30) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 10.8% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for Reactive Red 270 (CAS No. 
155522-05-7) (provided for in subheading 3204.16.30), as duty 
free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                CIBACRON BRILLIANT BLUE FN-G (SEC. 1108)

Present law

    6,13-Dichloro-3,10- bis[[2-[[4-fluoro-6-[(2-
sulfonyl)amino]-1,3,5-triazin -2-yl]amino]propyl]amino]-4,11-
triphenodioxazinedisulfonic acid lithium sodium salt (CAS No. 
163062-28-0) (provided for in HTS subheading 3204.16.30) is 
subject to an NTR duty rate of 10.8% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for Cibacron Brilliant Blue FN-
G,6,13-Dichloro-3,10-bis[[2-[[4-fluoro-6-[(2-sulfonyl)amino]-
1,3,5triazin-2-yl]amino]propyl]amino]-4,11-
triphenodioxazinedisulfonic acid lithium sodium salt (CAS No. 
163062 28 0) (provided for in HTS subheading 3204.16.30), as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                 CIBACRON SCARLET LS-2G HC (SEC. 1109)

Present law

    Reactive Red 268 (CAS No. 152397-21-2) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 3204.16.30) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 10.8% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for Reactive Red (CAS No. 
152397-21-2) (provided for in HTS subheading 3204.16.30), as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                        MUB 738 INT (SEC. 1110)

Present law

    2-Amino-4(4-Aminobenzoylamino) benzene sulfonic acid (CAS 
No. 167614-37-1) (provided for in HTS subheading 2924.29.70) is 
subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for MUB 738 INT, 2-Amino-4(4-
Aminobenzoylamino) benzene sulfonic acid (CAS No. 167614-37-1) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2924.29.70), as duty free until 
December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                       FENBUCONAZOLE (SEC. 1111)

Present law

    a-(2-(4-Chlorophenyl)ethyl-a-phenyl-1H-1,2,4-triazole-1-
propanenitrile (Fenbuconazole)(CAS No. 1143 69-43-6) (provided 
for in HTS subheading 293 3.90.06) is subject to an NTR duty 
rate of 9.1% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for fenbuconazole, a-(2-(4-
Chlorophenyl)ethyl-a-phenyl-1H-1,2,4-triazole-1-propanenitrile 
(Fenbuconazole) (CAS No. 114369-43-6) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2933.90.06) as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                    2,6-DICHLOROTOLUENE (SEC. 1112)

Present law 2,6-Dichlorotoluene (CAS No. 118-69-4) (as provided for in 
        HTS subheading 2903.69.70) is subject to a NTR duty rate of 
        5.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for 2,6-Dichlorotoluene (CAS No. 
118-69-4) (provided for in HTS subheading 2903.69.70), as duty 
free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                 3-AMINO-3-METHYL-1-PENTYNE (SEC. 1113)

Present law

    3-Amino-3-methyl-1-pentyne (provided for in HTS subheading 
2921.19.60) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for 3-Amino-3-methyl-1-pentyne 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2921.19.60) as duty free until 
December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                         TRIAZAMATE (SEC. 1114)

Present law

    Acetic acid, [[1-[(dimethylamino)carbonyl]-3-(1,1-
dimethyethyl) -1H-1,2,4-triazol-5-yl]thio]-, ethyl ester (CAS 
No. 112143-82-5) (as provided for in HTS subheading 2933.90.17) 
is subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.6% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for, acetic acid, [[1-
[(dimethylamino)carbonyl]-3-(1,1-dimethyethyl) -1H-1,2,4 -
triazol-5-yl]thio]-, ethyl ester (CAS No. 112143-82-5) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2933.90.17), as duty free until 
December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                      METHOXYFENOZIDE (SEC. 1115)

Present law

    Benzoic acid 3-methoxy-2-methyl-,2-(3,5-dimethylbenzoyl)-2-
(1,1-dimethyl ethyl)hydrazide (provided for in HTS subheading 
2928.00.25) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for Benzoic acid 3-methoxy-2-
methyl-,2-(3,5-dimethylbenzoyl)-2-(1,1-dimethyl ethyl) 
hydrazide (provided for in HTS subheading 2928.00.25) as duty 
free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                  1-FLUORO-2-NITROBENZENE (SEC. 1116)

Present law

    1-Fluoro-2-nitrobenzene (CAS No. 001493-27-2) (as provided 
for in HTS subheading 2904.90.30), commonly used as raw 
material for a pharmaceutical intermediate, is subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 5.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for 1-Fluoro-2-nitrobenzene (CAS 
No. 00-1493-27-2) (provided for in HTS subheading 2904.90.3 0), 
as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                            PHBA (SEC. 1117)

Present law

    p-hydroxybenzoic acid (PHBA) (CAS No. 99-96-7) (as provided 
for in HTS subheading 2918.29.22), commonly used to produce 
liquified crystal polymer (LCP), is subject to an NTR duty rate 
of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter 11 of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for p-Hydroxybenzoic acid (PHBA) 
(CAS No. 99-96-7) (provided for in HTS subheading 2918.29.22), 
as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                   THQ (TOLUHYDROQUINONE) (SEC. 1118)

Present law

    Toluhydroquinone (CAS No. 95-71-6) (as provided for in HTS 
subheading 2907.29.90), is subject to an NTR duty rate of 5.5% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for toluhydroquinone (CAS No. 
95-71-6) (provided for in HTS subheading 2907.29.90) as duty 
free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                     2,4-DICUMYLPHENOL (SEC. 1119)

Present law

    2,4-Dicumylphenol (CAS No. 2772-45-4) (as provided for in 
HTS subheading 2907.19.20 or 2907.19.80) is subject to an NTR 
duty rate of 5.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for 2,4-Dicumylphenol (CAS No. 
2772-45-4) (provided for in HTS subheading 2907.19.20 or 
2907.19.80), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                 CERTAIN CATHODE-RAY TUBES (SEC. 1120)

Present law

    Certain cathode-ray data/graphic display tubes, color, with 
a less than 90 degree deflection (provided for in HTS 
subheading 8540.60.00) are subject to an NTR duty rate of 3% ad 
valorem. These cathode-ray tubes are used in radio and radar 
monitoring units in the cockpits of aircraft.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter 11 of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for certain cathode-ray data/
graphic display tubes, color, with a less than 90 degree 
deflection (provided for in HTS subheading 8540.60.00), as duty 
free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers of these 
products to reduce costs, making the products more competitive 
without jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

                  OTHER CATHODE-RAY TUBES (SEC. 1121)

Present law

    Cathode-ray data/graphic tubes, color, with a phosphor dot 
screen pitch smaller than 0.4 min, and with a less than 90 
degree deflection (provided for in HTS subheading 8540.40.00) 
are subject to an NTR duty rate of 3% ad valorem. These 
cathode-ray tubes are used in aircraft cockpits to monitor the 
flight variables of the aircraft.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter Il of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for cathode-ray data/graphic 
display tubes, color, with a phosphor dot screen pitch smaller 
than 0.4 mm, and with a less than 90 degree deflection on 
cathode (provided for in HTS subheading 8540.40.00), to reduce 
the duty from 3.0% to 1.0% until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers of these 
products to reduce costs, making the products more competitive 
without jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

                     CERTAIN RAW COTTON (SEC. 1122)

Present law

    Imported cotton fiber of lengths less than 1 and \1/8\th 
inches is currently duty free. Certain categories of raw cotton 
imported into the United States are subject to a tariff. These 
tariffs were established based on varying staple lengths of 
cotton.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 52 of the HTS to provide 
duty-free treatment to certain raw cotton in specified lengths. 
The threshold for imposing tariffs on cotton tariffs would be 
increased from 1 and \1/8\th inches to 1 and \1/4\th inches 
over a period of three years.

Reason for change

    The current threshold for cotton tariffs was set in 1930 
when the bulk of cotton fiber traded was shorter than 1 and \1/
8\ths inches in length. Over time, staple lengths have tended 
to increase, moving the majority of cotton that would be 
imported into the U.S. from a category without a tariff into a 
category with a tariff. In addition, importers are not always 
certain of the staple length of the cotton they are importing. 
It may be slightly longer than advertised, subjecting the 
importer to unanticipated tariffs. As a result of these 
concerns, the Committee intends to increase the tariff 
threshold length to 1 and \1/4\th inches in recognition of the 
prevalence of longer fibers in today's cotton trade.

                      RHINOVIRUS DRUG (SEC. 1123)

Present law

    A certain Rhinovirus drug, trans-(2R, 3S,4S,5S)-(4-(2-(4-
Fluorobenzyl)-6- methyl-5[(5-methylisoxazole-3-carbonyl)amino]-
4-oxoheptanoylamino)-5-(2-oxopyrrolidin-3-yl) pent-2-enoic acid 
ethyl ester (CAS No. 223537-30-2) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2934.90.39), is subject to an NTR duty rate of 12.1% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for a certain Rhinovirus drug, 
trans-(2R, 3S,4S,5S)-(4-(2-(4-Fluorobenzyl)-6-methyl-5[(5-
methyl
isoxazole-3-carbonyl)amino]-4-oxoheptanoylamino)-5-(2-
oxopyrrolidin-3-yl) pent-2-enoic acid ethyl ester (CAS No. 
223537-30-2) (provided for in HTS subheading 2934.90.39), as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical and 
pharmaceutical manufacturers to reduce costs, making these 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                          BUTRALIN (SEC. 1124)

Present law

    N-sec-butyl-4-tert-butyl-2,6-dinitroaniline (CAS No. 33629-
47-9) (as provided for in HTS subheadings 2921.42.90 or 
3808.31.15) and any mixtures containing the foregoing are 
subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for N-sec-butyl-4-tert-butyl-
2,6-dinitroanitine (CAS No. 33629-47-9)(provided for in HTS 
subheadings 2921.42.90 or 3808.31.15) and any mixtures 
containing the foregoing, as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                  BRANCHED DODECYLBENZENE (SEC. 1125)

Present law

    Branched dodecylbenzene (CAS No. 123-01-3) (provided for in 
HTS subheading 2902.90.30) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 
12.8% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter 11 of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for branched dodecylbenzene (CAS 
No. 123-01-3) (provided for in HTS subheading 2902.90.30), as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                CERTAIN FLUORINATED COMPOUND (SEC. 1126)

Present law

    (4-Fluorophenyl) [3-[(4-fluorophenyl) ethynyl]phenyl] 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2914.70.40) is subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 8.2% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for (4-Fluorophenyl) [3-[(4-
fluorophenyl) ethynyl]phenyl] (provided for in HTS subheading 
2914.70.40), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

             CERTAIN LIGHT ABSORBING PHOTO DYE (SEC. 1127)

Present law

    4-chloro-3-[4-[[4- (dimethylamino)phenyl]methylene-4,5-
dihydro-3-methyl-5-oxo-1H-pyrazol-1-1], compound with pyridine 
(1:1) (as provided for in HTS subheading 2934.90.90), commonly 
used as light absorbing photo dye, is subject to an NTR duty 
rate of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for 4-chloro-3-[4-[[4-
(dimethylamino)phenyl]methylene -4,5-dihydro-3-methyl-5-oxo-1H-
pyrazol-1-1], compound with pyridine (1:1) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2934.90.90), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers of 
photographic dyes to reduce costs, making the chemicals and 
downstream product industries more competitive without 
jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

                FILTER BLUE GREEN PHOTO DYE (SEC. 1128)

Present law

    Iron chloro 5,6-diamino-1,3-naphthalene disulfonate 
complexes (CAS No. 85187-44-6) (as provided for in HTS 
subheading 2942.00.10), used as filter blue green photo dye, is 
subject to an NTR duty rate of 10% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for iron chloro 5,6-diamino-1,3-
naphthalene disulfonate complexes (CAS No. 85187-44-6), 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2942.00.10), used as filter 
blue green photo dye, as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers of 
photographic dyes to reduce costs, making the chemicals and 
downstream product industries more competitive without 
jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

             CERTAIN LIGHT ABSORBING PHOTO DYES (SEC. 1129)

Present law

    4-[4-[3-[4-Dimethylamino)phenyl]-2-propenylidene]-4,5-
dihydro-3-methyl-5-oxo-1H-pyrazol-1-yl]benzenesulfonic acid, 
compound with N,N-diethylethanamine(1:1) (CAS No. 109940-17-2);
    4-[3-[3-Carboxy-5-hydroxy-1-(4-sulfophenyl)-1H-pyrazole-4-
yl]-2-propenylidene] - 4,5-dihydro-5-oxo-1-(4-sulfophenyl)-1H-
pyrazole-3-carboxylic acid, sodium salt, compound with N,N-
diethylethanamine (CAS No. 90066-12-9);
    4-[4,5-dihydro-4-[5-hydroxy-3-methyl-1-(4-sulfophenyl)-1H 
pyrazol-4-yl]methylene-3-methyl-5-oxo-1H-pyrazol-1-
yl]benzenesulfonic acid, dipotassium salt (CAS No. 94266-02-1);
    4-[4-[[4-(Dimethylamino)-phenyl]methylene]-4,5-dihydro-3-
meth-yl-5-oxo-1H-pyrazol-l-yl]benzenesulfonic acid, potassium 
salt (CAS No. 27268-31-1);
    4,5-dihydro-5-oxo-4-[(phenylamino)methylene]-1-(4-
sulfophenyl)-1H-pyrazole-3-carboxylic acid, disodium salt; and 
4-[5-[3-Carboxy-5-hydroxy - 1-(4-sulfophenyl)-1H-pyrazol-4-yl]-
2,4-pentadienylidene]-4,5-dihydro-5-oxo-1-(4-sulfophenyl)-1H-
pyrazole-3-car-boxylicacid, tetrapotassiurn salt (CAS No. 
134863-74-4) (all of the foregoing provided for in subheading 
2933.19.30) (CAS No. 134863-74-4) (as provided for in HTS 
subheading 2933.19.30), commonly used as light absorbing photo 
dyes, are subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for Benzenesulfonic acids (CAS 
No. 134863-74-4, 109940-17-2, 9000466-12-9, 94266-02-1, 27268-
31-1, 134863-74-4) (provided for in HTS subheading 2933.19.30), 
as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers of 
photographic dyes to reduce costs, making the chemicals and 
downstream product industries more competitive without 
jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

                 4,4,-DIFLUOROBENZOPHENONE (SEC. 1130)

Present law

    Bis(4-fluorophenyl)methanone (CAS No. 345-92-6) (as 
provided for in HTS subheading 2914.70.40), is subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 4% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for Bis(4-fluorophenyl)methanone 
(CAS No. 345 92 6) (provided for in HTS subheading 2914.70.40), 
as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                  A FLOUORINATED COMPOUND (SEC. 1131)

Present law

    (4-Fluorophenyl)phenylmethanone (CAS No. 345-83-5) (as 
provided for in HTS subheading 2914.70.40), is subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 4% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for (4-Fluorophenyl) 
phenylmethanone (CAS No. 345-83-5) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2914.70.40), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                           DiTMP (SEC. 1132)

Present law

    Di-trimethylolpropane (as provided for in HTS subheading 
2909.49.60), is subject to an NTR duty rate of 3.7% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for di-trimethylolpropane 
(DiTMP) (provided for in HTS subheading 2909.49.60), as duty 
free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                            HPA (SEC. 1133)

Present law

    Hydroxypivalic acid (HPA) (as provided for in HTS 
subheading 2918.19.90), is subject to an NTR duty rate of 4% ad 
valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for hydroxypivalic acid 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2918.19.90), as duty free until 
December 31,2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                            APE (SEC. 1134)

Present law

    Allyl pentaerythritol (APE) (as provided for in HTS 
subheading 2909.49.60), is subject to an NTR duty rate of 8.9% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for allyl pentaerythritol 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2909.49.60), as duty free until 
December 31,2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                           TMPDE (SEC. 1135)

Present law

    Trimethylolpropane diallyl ether (TMPDE) (as provided for 
in HTS subheading 2909.49.60), is subject to an NTR duty rate 
of 8.9% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for trimethylolpropane diallyl 
ether (provided for in HTS subheading 2909.49.60), as duty free 
until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                           TMPME (SEC. 1136)

Present law

    Trimethylolpropane monoallyl ether (TMPME) (provided for in 
HTS subheading 2909.49.60) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 
8.9% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for trimethylolpropane monoallyl 
ether (provided for in HTS subheading 2909.49.60), as duty free 
until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                   TUNGSTEN CONCENTRATES (SEC. 1137)

Present law

    Tungsten concentrates (provided for in HTS subheading 
2611.00.60) are subject to an NTR duty rate of 7.16% ad 
valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for tungsten concentrates 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2611.00.60), as duty free 
December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                   2 CHLORO AMINO TOLUENE (SEC. 1138)

Present law

2-Chloro-p-toluidine (CAS No. 95-74-9) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2921.43.80) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 14.5% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for 2-Chloro-p-toluidine (CAS 
No. 95-74-9) (provided for in HTS subheading 2921.43.80), as 
duty free until December 31, 2004.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                CERTAIN ION-EXCHANGE RESINS (SEC. 1139)

Present law

    Certain ion-exchange resins, comprising of a copolymer of 
2-propenenitrile (CAS No. 130353-60-5, 109961-42-4, 135832-76-
7) (provided for in HTS subheading 3914.00.60) is subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 3.9% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for a certain ion-exchange 
resins, comprising of a copolymer of 2-propenenitrile (CAS No. 
130353-60-5, 109961-42-4, 135832-76-7) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 3914.00.60), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                  11-AMINOUNDECANOIC ACID (SEC. 1140)

Present law

    11-aminoundecanoic acid (as provided for in HTS subheading 
2922.49.40), is subject to NTR duty rate of 4.2% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for 11-aminoundecanoic acid 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2922.49.40), with duty 
reduction to 1.6% until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                  DIMETHOXY BUTANONE (DMB) (SEC. 1141)

Present law

    4,4-Dimethoxy-2-butanone (CAS No. 5436-21-5) (as provided 
for in HTS subheading 2914.50.50), is subject to an NTR duty 
rate of 4% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for 4,4-Dimethoxy-2-butanone 
(CAS No. 5436-21-5) (provided for in HTS subheading 
2914.50.50), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                   DICHLORO ANILINE (DCA) (SEC. 1142)

Present law

    2,6-Dichloro aniline (2,6-dichlorobenzenamine) (DCA) (CAS 
No. 608-31-1) (provided for in HTS subheading 2921.42.90) is 
subject to an NTR duty rate of 11.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for 2,6-Dichloro aniline (2,6-
dichlorobenzenamine) (DCA) (CAS No. 608-31-1) (provided for in 
HTS subheading 2921.42.90), as duty free until December 31, 
2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                      DIPHENYL SULFIDE (SEC. 1143)

Present law

    Diphenyl sulfide (CAS No. 139-66-2) (as provided for in HTS 
subheading 2930.90.29), is subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.5% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for diphenyl sulfide (CAS No. 
139-66-2) (provided for in HTS subheading 2930.90.29), as duty 
free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                        TRIFLURALIN (SEC. 1144)

Present law

    a,a,a-Trifluoro-2,6-dinitro-p-tolu-idine (CAS No. 1582-09-
8) (provided for in HTS subheading 2921.43.15) is subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 6.7% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for a,a,a-Trifluoro-2,6-dinitro-
p-tolu-idine (CAS No. 1582-09-8) (provided for in subheading 
2921.43.15), with a duty reduction to 5% until December 31, 
2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

               DIETHYL IMIDAZOLIDINONE (DMI) (SEC. 1145)

Present law

    1,3-Diethyl-2-imidazolidinone (CAS No. 80-73-9) (as 
provided for in HTS subheading 2933.29.90), is subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for 1,3-Diethyl-2-
imidazolidinone (CAS No. 80-73-9) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2933.29.90), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                       ETHALFLOURALIN (SEC. 1146)

Present law

    Ethalflouralin, N-ethyl-N-(2methyl-2-propenyl)-2, 6-
dinitro-4-(trifluoromethyl) benzenamine (CAS No. 55283-68-6) 
(as provided for in HTS subheading 2921.43.80), is subject to 
an NTR duty rate of 12.6% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for ethalfluralin, N-ethyl-N-
(2methyl-2-propenyl)-2, 6-dinitro-4-
(trifluoromethyl)benzenamine (CAS No. 55283-68-6) (provided for 
in HTS subheading 2921.43.80), with a duty reduction to 7.9% 
until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                        BENFLURALIN (SEC. 1147)

Present law

    N-butyl-N-ethyl-2,6-dinitro-4-
(trifluoromethyl)benezenamine; N-butyl-N-ethyl-alpha, alpha, 
alpha-trifluoro-2-6-dinitro-p-toluidine (CAS No. 1861-40-1) (as 
provided for in HTS subheading 2921.43.80), is subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 12.6% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for N-butyl-N-ethyl-2,6-dinitro-
4-(trifluoromethyl) benezenamine; N-butyl-N-ethyl-alpha, alpha, 
alpha-trifluoro-2-6-dinitro-p-toluidine (CAS No. 1861-40-1) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2921.43.80), as duty free until 
December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

          3-AMINO-5-MERCAPTO-1,2,4-TRIAZOLE (AMT) (SEC. 1148)

Present law

    3-amino-5-mercapto-1,2,4-triazole (AMT) (CAS No. 16691-43-
3) (provided for in HTS subheading 2933.90.97) is subject to 
NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for 3-amino-5-mercapto-1,2,4-
triazole (AMT) (CAS No. 16691-43-3) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2933.90.97), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

         DIETHYL PHOSPHOROCHLORIDIOTHIOATE (DEPCT) (SEC. 1149)

Present law

    Diethyl phosphorochloridiothioate, 0,0-dethyl phosphoro- 
choridothioate (DEPCT) (CAS No. 2524-04-1) (as provided for in 
HTS subheading 2920.10.50), is subject to NTR duty rate of 3.7% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for diethyl 
phosphorochoridothioate, 0,0-dethyl phosphoro- choridothioate 
(DEPCT) (CAS No. 2524-04-1) (provided for in HTS subheading 
2920.10.50), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                     REFINED QUINOLINE (SEC. 1150)

Present law

    Chemical refined quinoline (CAS No. 91-22-5) (provided for 
in HTS subheading 2933.40.70) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 
10.6% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for refined quinoline (CAS No. 
91-22-5) (provided for in HTS subheading 2933.40.70), as duty 
free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                            DMDS (SEC. 1151)

Present law

    2,2-dithiobis(8-fluoro-5-methoxy)[1,2,4] triazolo[1,5-c] 
pyrimidine (DMDS) (CAS No. 166524-74-9) (as provided for in HTS 
subheading 2933.59.80), is subject to an NTR duty rate of 10.4% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for 2,2-dithiobis(8-fluoro-5-
methoxy)[1,2,4] triazolo[1,5-c] pyrimidine (DMDS) (CAS No. 
166524-74-9) (provided for in HTS subheading 2933.59.80), as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                 VISION INSPECTION SYSTEMS (SEC. 1152)

Present law

    Automated visual inspection systems of a kind used for 
physical inspection of capacitors (as provided for in HTS 
subheading 9031.49.90, 9031.80.80), are subject to NTR duty 
rate of 3.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for automated visual inspection 
systems of a kind used for physical inspection of capacitors 
(provided for in HTS subheading 9031.49.9000, 9031.80.8085), as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers of these 
products to reduce costs, making the products more competitive 
without jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

                       ANODE PRESSES (SEC. 1153)

Present law

    Anode presses used for pressing tantalum powder into anodes 
(provided for in HTS subheading 8462.99.80) are subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 2.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for anode presses used for 
pressing tantalum powder into anodes (provided for in HTS 
subheading 8462.99.80), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers of these 
products to reduce costs, making the products more competitive 
without jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

                   TRIM AND FORM MACHINES (SEC. 1154)

Present law

    Trimming and forming machines used in the manufacture of 
surface mounted electronic components other than semi-
conductors prior to marking (as provided for in HTS subheading 
8463.30.00, 8462.21.80, 8462.29.80) is subject to an NTR duty 
rate of 4.4% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for Trimming and forming 
machines used in the manufacture of surface mounted electronic 
components other than semi-conductors prior to marking 
(provided for in HTS subheading 8463.30.00, 8462.21.80, 
8462.29.80), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers of these 
products to reduce costs, making the products more competitive 
without jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

                 CERTAIN ASSEMBLY MACHINES (SEC. 1155)

Present law

    Assembly machines used for assembling processed anodes to 
lead frames (as provided for in HTS subheading 8479.89.97) are 
subject to an NTR duty rate of 2.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for assembly machines used for 
assembling processed anodes to lead frames (provided for in HTS 
subheading 8479.89.97), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers that use 
these products to reduce costs, making the products more 
competitive without jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

                      THIONYL CHLORIDE (SEC. 1156)

Present law

    Thionyl chloride (CAS No. 7719-09-7) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2812.10.50) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 3.7% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) by 
inserting a new heading for thionyl chloride (CAS No. 7719-09-
7) (provided for in HTS subheading 2812.10.50), as duty free 
until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

             PHENYLMETHYL HYDRAZINECARBOXYLATE (SEC. 1157)

Present law

    Phenylmethyl hydrazinecarboxylate (CAS No. 5331-43-1) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2928.00.25) is subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for phenylmethyl 
hydrazinecarboxylate (CAS No. 5331-43-1) (provided for in 
subheading 2928.00.25), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs of manufacturing the insecticide in the United 
States, making the final product more affordable to U.S. 
farmers without jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

                   TRALKOXYDIM FORMULATED (SEC. 1158)

Present law

    2-[1-(Ethoxyimino)-propyl]-3-hy-droxy-5-(2,4,6-
trimethylphenyl) -2-cyclohexen-1-one (Tralkoxydim) (CAS No. 
87820-88-0) (provided for in HTS subheading 2925.20.60) and 
mixtures of 2-[1-(Ethoxyimino) - propyl]-3-hydroxy-5-(2,4,6-
trimethylphenyl)-2-cyclohexen-1-one (Tralkoxydim) (CAS No. 
87820-88-0) and application adjuvants (provided for in HTS 
subheading 3808.30.15) are subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.5% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting the new headings 2-[1-(Ethoxyimino)-
propyl]-3-hy-droxy-5-(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)-2-cyclohexen-1-one 
(Tralkoxydim) (CAS No. 87820-88-0) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2925.20.60) and mixtures of 2-[1-(Ethoxyimino)-
propyl]-3-hydroxy-5-(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)-2-cyclohexen-1-one 
(Tralkoxydim) (CAS No. 87820-88-0) and application adjuvants 
(provided for in HTS subheading 3808.30.15), at a reduced rate 
duty until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                           KNOO2 (SEC. 1159)

Present law

    2-[2,4-Dichloro-5-hydroxyphenyl)-hydrazono]-1-piperidine-
carboxylic acid, methyl ester (CAS No. 159393-46-1) (provided 
for in HTS subheading 2933.39.61) is subject to NTR duty rate 
of 6.5-8.6% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 2-[2,4-Dichloro-5-
hydroxyphenyl)-hydrazono]-1-piperidine-carboxylic acid, methyl 
ester (CAS No. 159393-46-1) (provided for in HTS subheading 
2933.39.61), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs of manufacturing the herbicide in the United 
States, making the final product more affordable to U.S. 
farmers without jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

                           KL084 (SEC. 1160)

Present law

    2-Imino-1-methoxycarbonyl-piperidine hydrochloride (KL084) 
(CAS No. 159393-48-3) (provided for in HTS subheading 
2933.39.61) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 9.3% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States by 
inserting a new heading for 2-Imino-1-methoxycarbonyl-
piperidine hydrochloride (KL084) (CAS No. 159393-48-3) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2933.39.61), with a duty 
reduction to 5.4% ad valorem for 2000, to 4.7% for 2001, to 
4.0% for 2002, and to 3.3% for 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs of manufacturing the herbicide in the United 
States, making the final product more affordable to U.S. 
farmers without jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

                          IN-N5297 (SEC. 1161)

Present law

    2-(Methoxycarbonyl)-benzylsulfonamide (IN N5297) (CAS No. 
59777-72-9) (provided for in HTS subheading 2935.00.75) is 
subject to NTR duty rate of 9.3% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 2-(Methoxycarbonyl)-
benzylsulfonamide (IN N5297) (CAS No. 59777-72-9) (provided for 
in HTS subheading 2935.00.75), as duty free until December 31, 
2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs of manufacturing the herbicide in the United 
States, making the final product more affordable to U.S. 
farmers without jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

                  AZOXYSTROBIN FORMULATED (SEC. 1162)

Present law

    Methyl(E) -2-[2-[6-(2-cyanophenoxy)-pyrimidin-4-
yloxy]phenyl]-3-methoxyacrylate (CAS No. 131860 33 8) (provided 
for in HTS subheading 3808.20.15) is subject to an NTR duty 
rate of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Methyl(E)-2-[2-[6-(2-
cyanophenoxy)-pyrimidin-4-yloxy]phenyl]-3-methoxyacrylate (CAS 
No. 13860-33-8) (provided for in HTS subheading 3808.20.15), 
with a temporary duty reduction to 5.7% ad valorem until 
December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                      FUNGAFLOR 500 EC (SEC. 1163)

Present law

    Mixtures of enilconazole (CAS No. 35554-44-0 or 73790-28-0) 
and application adjuvants (provided for in HTS subheading 
3808.20.15) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Mixtures of enilconazole 
(CAS No. 35554-44-0 or 73790-28-0) and application adjuvants 
(provided for in HTS subheading 3808.20.15), as duty free until 
December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                        NORBLOC 7966 (SEC. 1164)

Present law

    2-(2,-Hydroxy-5,-methacrylyloxyethylphenyl)-2H-
benzotriazole (CAS No. 96478-09-0 and 73790-28-0) (provided for 
in HTS subheading 2933-90-79), is subject to NTR duty rate of 
9.3% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 2-(2,-Hydroxy-5,-
methacrylyloxyethylphenyl)-2H-benzotriazole (CAS No. 96478-09-0 
and 73790-28-0) (provided for in HTS subheading 2933.90.79), as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                          IMAZALIL (SEC. 1165)

Present law

    Enilconazole (CAS No. 35554-44-0) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2933.29.35), is subject to NTR duty rate of 9.3% ad 
valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Enilconazole (CAS No. 
355540-44-0) (provided for in HTS subheading 2933.29.35), as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                 1,5-DICHLOROANTHRAQUINONE (SEC. 1166)

Present law

    1,5-Dichloroanthraquinone (CAS No. 82-46-2) (as provided 
for in HTS subheading 2914.70.40) is subject to NTR duty rate 
of 7.7% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for 1,5-Dichloroanthraquinone 
(CAS No. 82-46-2) (as provided for in HTS subheading 
2914.70.40), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                      ULTRAVIOLET DYE (SEC. 1167)

Present law

    9-Anthracene-carboxylic acid, (triethoxysilyl)-methyl ester 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2931.00.30) is subject to an 
NTR duty rate of from 9.3% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 9-Anthracene-carboxylic 
acid, (triethoxysilyl)-methyl ester (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2931.00.30), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                        VINCLOZOLIN (SEC. 1168)

Present law

    3-(3,5-Dichlorophenyl)-5- ethenyl-5-methyl-2,4- 
oxazolidinedione (CAS No. 50471-44-8) (provided for in FITS 
subheading 2934.90.12) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.5% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 3-(3,5-Dichlorophenyl)-
5- ethenyl-5-methyl-2,4-oxazolidinedione (CAS No. 50471-44-8) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2934.90.12), as duty free until 
December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                        TEPRALOXYDIM (SEC. 1169)

Present law

    Mixtures of E-2-[I-[[(3-chloro-2-pro-penyl)oxy]-
imino]propyl]-3-hydroxy-5-(tetrahydro-2H-pyran-4-yl)-2-cyclo-
hexen-1-one (CAS No. 149979-41-9) and application adjuvants 
(provided for in subheading 3808.30.50) is subject to an NTR 
duty rate of 5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Mixtures of E-2-[1-[[(3-
chloro-2-pro-penyl)oxy]-imino]propyl]-3-hydroxy-5-(tetrahydro-
2H-pyran-4-yl)-2-cyclo-hexen-1 -one (CAS No. 149979-41-9) and 
application adjuvants (provided for in subheading 3808.30.50), 
as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                         PYRIDABEN (SEC. 1170)

Present law

    4-Chloro-2-(1,1-dimethylethyl)-5-(((4-(1,1-
dimethylethyl)phenyl)-methyl)thio)-3-(2H)-pyridazinone (CAS No. 
96489-71-3) (provided for in HTS subheading 2933.90.22) is 
subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 4-Chloro-2(1, 1-
dimethylethyl)-5 (((4-(1, 1-dimethylethyl)phenyl)-methyl)thio)-
3-(2H)-pyridazinone (CAS No. 96489-71-3) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2933.90.22), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                   2-ACETYLNICOTINIC ACID (SEC. 1171)

Present law

    2-Acetylnicotinic acid (CAS No. 89942-59-6) (provided for 
in HTS subheading 2933.39.61) is subject to NTR duty rate of 
9.3% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 2-Acetylnicotinic acid 
(CAS No. 89942-59-6) (provided for in HTS subheading 
2933.39.61), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                            SAMe (SEC. 1172)

Present law

    Food supplement preparation of S-adenosylmethionine 1,4-
butanedisulfonate (CAS No. 101020-79-5) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2106.90.99) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.4% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Food supplement 
preparation of S-adenosylmethionine 1,4-butanedisulfonate (CAS 
No. 101020-79-5) (provided for in HTS subheading 2106.90.99), 
with a duty reduction to 5.5%.

Reason for changes

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                   PROCION CRIMSON H-EXL (SEC. 1173)

Present law

    1,5-Naphthalenedisulfonic acid, 2-((8-((4-chloro-6-((3-
(((4-choloro-6-((7-((1,5-disulfo-2-naphthalenyl)azo)-8-hydroxy-
3,6-disulfo-1-naphthlenyl)amino)-1,3,5-triazin2-yl) 
amino)methyl phenyl)amino)-1,3,5-triazin-2-yl)amino)-l-hydroxy-
3, 6-disulfo-2-naphthalenyl)azo)-, octa-(CAS No. 186554-26-7) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 3204.16.30) is subject to NTR 
duty rate of 9.9% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 1,5-
Naphthalenedisulfonic acid, 2-((8-((4-chloro-6-((3-(((4-
choloro-6-((7((1,5-disulfo-2-naphthalenyl)azo)-8-hydroxy-3,6-
disulfo-1-naphth
lenyl)amino)-1,3,5-triazin-2-yl)amino)methyl)phenyl)amino)-
1,3,5-triazin-2-yl)amino)-1-hydroxy-3, 6-disulfo-2-
naphthalenyl) azo)-,octa- (CAS No. 186554-26-7) (provided for 
in HTS subheading 3204.16.30), as duty free until December 31, 
2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                DISPERSOL CRIMSON SF GRAINS (SEC. 1174)

Present law

    Mixture of 3-phenyl-7-(4-propoxyphenyl)benzo-(1,2-b:4,5-
b,)-difuran-2,6-dione (CAS No. 79694-17-0); 4-(2,6-dihydro-2,6-
dioxo)-7-phenylbenzo-(1,2-b:4,5-b,)-difuran-3-ylphenoxyacetic 
acid, 2-ethoxyethyl ester (CAS No. 126877-05-2); 4-(2,6-
dihydro-2,6-dioxo-7-(4-propoxphenyl)-benzo-(1,2-b:4,5-b,)-
difuran-3-y l) phenoxy)phenox
y)-aceticacid, 2-ethoxyethyl ester (CAS No. 126877-06-3) (the 
foregoing mixture provided for in subheading 3204.11.35) is 
subject to NTR duty rate of 9.9% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Mixture of 3-phenyl-7-
(4-propoxyphenyl)benzo-(1,2-b:4,5-b,)-difuran-2,6-dione (CAS 
No. 79694-17-0); 4-(2,6-dihydro-2,6-dioxo)-7-phenylbenzo-(1,2-
b:4,5-b,)-difuran-3-ylphenoxyacetic acid, 2-ethoxyethyl ester 
(CAS No. 126877-05-2); 4-(2,6-dihydro-2,6-dioxo-7-(4-
propoxphenyl)-benzo-(1,2-b:4,5-b,)-difuran-3-yl)-
phenoxy)phenoxy)-aceticacid, 2-ethoxyethyl ester (CAS No. 
126877-06-3) (the foregoing mixture provided for in subheading 
3204.11.35), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                     PROCION NAVY H-EXL (SEC. 1175)

Present law

    Procion Navy H-EXL 9902.32.09, a mixture of 2,7-
Naphthalenedisulfonic acid, 4-amino-3,6-bis[[5-[[4-chloro-6- 
[(2-methyl-4-sulfophenyl)amino]- 1,3,5-triazin-2-yl]amino]-2-
sulfophenyl]azo]-5-hydroxy-, hexasodium salt (CAS No. 186554-
27-8); and 1,5-Naphthalenedisulfonic acid, 2-((8-((4-chloro-6-
((3-(((4-chloro-6((7-((1,5-disulfo-2-naphthalenyl)azo)-8-
hydroxy-3,6-disulfo-1-naphthlenyl)amino)-1,3,5-triazin-2-
yl)amino)methyl)phenyl)amino)-1,3,5-triazin-2-yl)amino)-1-
hydroxy-3,6 -disulfo-2-naphthalenyl)azo)-, octa- (CAS No. 
186554-26-7) (provided for in subheading 3204.16.30) is subject 
to NTR duty rate of 9.9% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Procion Navy H EXL, a 
mixture of 2,7-Naphthalenedisulfonic acid, 4-amino-3,6-bis[[5-
[[4-chloro-6-[(2-methyl-4-sulfophenyl) amino]-1,3,5 -triazin-2-
yl]amino] -2-sulfophenyl]azo]-5-hydroxy-, hexasodiurn salt (CAS 
No. 186554-27-8); and 1,5-Naphthalenedisulfonic acid, 2-((8-
((4-chloro-6-((3-(((4-chloro-6((7-((1,5-disulfo-2-
naphthalenyl)azo)-8-hydroxy-3,6-disulfo-1-naphthlenyl)amino)-
1,3,5-triazin-2-yl)amino)methyl)phenyl)
amino)-1,3,5-triazin-2-yl)amino)-1-hydroxy-3,6-disulfo-2-
naphthalenyl)azo)-, octa- (CAS No. 186554-26-7) (provided for 
in HTS subheading 3204.16.30), as duty free until December 31, 
2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                    PROCION YELLOW H-EXL (SEC. 1176)

Present law

    Reactive Yellow 138:1 mixed with non-color dispersing 
agent, anti-dusting agent and water (CAS No. 72906-25-3) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 3204.16.30) is subject to NTR 
duty rate of 9.9% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Reactive Yellow 138:1 
mixed with non-color dispersing agent, anti-dusting agent and 
water (CAS No. 72906-25-3) (provided for in HTS subheading 
3204.16.30), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                       2-PHENYLPHENOL (SEC. 1177)

Present law

    2-phenylphenol (CAS No. 90-43-7) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2907.19.80) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 5.5% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 2-Phenylphenol (CAS No. 
90-43-7) (provided for in HTS subheading 2907.19.80), as duty 
free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                    2-METHOXY-1-PROPENE (SEC. 1178)

Present law

    2-Methoxy-1-propene (CAS No. 116-11-0) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2909.19.18) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 5.5% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 2-Methoxy-I-propene (CAS 
No. 116-11-0) (provided for in HTS subheading 2909.19.18), as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                    3,5-DIFLUOROANILINE (SEC. 1179)

    Present law 3,5-Difluroaniline (CAS No. 372-39-4) (provided 
for in HTS subheading 2921.42.65) is currently subject to NTR 
duty rate of 9.3% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 3,5-Difluroaniline (CAS 
No. 372-39-4) (provided for in HTS subheading 2921.42.65), with 
staged temporary duty reductions to ad valorem rate of 7.4% for 
calendar years 2000 and 2001, 6.7% for calendar year 2002, and 
6.3% for calendar year 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                         QUINCLORAC (SEC. 1180)

Present law

    3,7-Dichloro-8-quinoline carboxylic acid (CAS No. 84087-01-
4) (provided for in HTS subheading 2933.40.30) is currently 
subject to NTR duty rate of 8.3% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 3,7-Dichloro-8-quinoline 
carboxylic acid (CAS No. 84087-01-4) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2933.40.30), with staged temporary duty reductions 
to ad valorem rate of 6.8% for calendar years 2000 and 2001, 
5.9% for calendar year 2002, and 5.4% for calendar year 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                 DISPERSOL BLACK XF GRAINS (SEC. 1181)

Present law

    Mixture of Disperse blue 284, Disperse brown 19 and 
Disperse red 311 with non-color dispersing agent (provided for 
in HTS subheading 3204.11.35) is subject to NTR duty rate of 
9.9% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting the new subheading for Dispersol Black XF 
Grains, mixture of Disperse blue 284, Disperse brown 19 and 
Disperse red 311 with non-color dispersing agent (provided for 
in HTS subheading 3204.11.35) as duty free until December 31, 
2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

           FLUROXYPYR, 1-METHYLHEPTYL ESTER (FME) (SEC. 1182)

Present law

    Fluroxypyr 1-methylheptyl ester (1-Methylheptyl ((4 amino-
3,5-dichloro-6-fluoro2-pyridinyl)oxy)acetate) (CAS No. 81406-
37-3) (provided for in HTS subheading 2933.39.25) is subject to 
NTR duty rate of 9.3% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for fluroxypyr 1-
methylheptyl ester (1-Methylheptyl ((4 amino-3,5-dichloro-6-
fluoro-2-pyridinyl)oxy)acetate) (CAS No. 81406-37-3) (provided 
for in HTS subheading 2933.39.25), as duty free until December 
31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                      SOLSPERSE 17260 (SEC. 1183)

Present law

    12-Hydroxyoctadecanoic acid, reaction product with N,N-
dimethyl-1,3-propanediamine, dimethyl sulfate, quaternized, 60% 
solution in toluene (CAS No. 70879-66-2) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 3824.90.28) is subject to NTR duty rate of 9.3% ad 
valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 12-Hydroxyoctadecanoic 
acid, reaction product with N,N-dimethyl-1, 3-propanediamine, 
dimethyl sulfate, quaternized, 60% solution in toluene (CAS No. 
70879-66-2) (provided for in HTS subheading 3824.90.28), as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
38 manufacturer.

                      SOLSPERSE 17000 (SEC. 1184)

Present law

    12-Hydroxyoctadecanoic acid, reaction product with N,N-
dimethyl-1,3-propanediamine, dimethyl sulfate, quaternized (CAS 
No. 70879-66-2) (provided for in HTS subheading 3824.90.40) is 
subject to an NTR duty rate of 4.6% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter 11 of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 12-Hydroxyoctadecanoic 
acid, reaction product with N,N-dimethyl- 1,3 -propanediamine, 
dimethyl sulfate, quaternized (CAS No. 70879 66 2) (provided 
for in HTS subheading 3824.90.40), as duty free until December 
31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                       SOLSPERSE 5000 (SEC. 1185)

Present law

    1-Octadecanaminium, N,N-dimethyl-N-octadecyl-, (Sp-4-2)-
[29H,31H-phthalocyanine2-sulfonato(3-)-N 29, N 30, N 31, N 32 
]cuprate(1-) (CAS No.70750-63-9) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 3824.90.28) is subject to NTR duty rate of 9.3% ad 
valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 1-Octadecanaminium, N,N-
dimethyl-N-octadecyl-, (Sp-4-2)- [29H,31H-phthalocyanine-2-
sulfonato(3-)-N 29, N 30, N 31 N 32 ]cuprate(1-) (CAS No. 
70750-63-9) (CAS No. 70750-63-9) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 3824.90.28), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                   CERTAIN TAED CHEMICALS (SEC. 1186)

Present law

    Tetraacetylethylenediamine (CAS No. 10543-57-4) (provided 
for in HTS subheading 2924.10.10) is subject to an NTR duty 
rate of 3.7% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 
tetraacetylethylenediamine (CAS No. 10543-57-4) (provided for 
in HTS subheading 2924.10.10), as duty free until December 31, 
2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                     ISOBORNYL ACETATE (SEC. 1187)

Present law

    Isobornyl acetate (CAS No. 125-12-2) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2915.39.45) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 4.8% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by a new heading for Isobornyl acetate (CAS No. 125-12-
2) (provided for in HTS subheading 2915.39.45), as duty free 
until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                      SOLVENT BLUE 124 (SEC. 1188)

Present law

    Solvent Blue 124 (CAS No. 29243-26-3) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 3204.19.20) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 9.9% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Solvent Blue 124 (CAS 
No. 29243-26-3) (provided for in HTS subheading 3204.19.20), as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers to reduce 
costs, making-these companies and downstream product industries 
more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                      SOLVENT BLUE 104 (SEC. 1189)

Present law

    Solvent Blue 104 (CAS No. 116-75-6) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 3204.19.20) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 9.9% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Solvent blue 104 (CAS 
No. 116-75-6) (provided for in HTS subheading 3204.19.20), as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers to reduce 
costs, making these companies and downstream product industries 
more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                 PRO-JET MAGENTA 364 STAGE (SEC. 1190)

Present law

    5-[4-(4,5-Dimethyl-2-sulfophenylamino)-6-hydroxy-[1,3,5-
triazin-2-yl amino]-4-hydroxy-3-(1-sulfonaphthalen-2-
ylazo)naphthalene-2,7-disulfonic acid, sodium ammonium salt 
(provided for in HTS subheading 3204.14.30) is subject to NTR 
duty rate of 6.5%-9% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by a new heading for 5-[4(4,5-Dimethyl-2-
sulfophenylamino)-6-hydroxy-[1,3,5-triazin-2-yl amino]-4-
hydroxy-3-(1 sulfonaphth
alen-2-ylazo)naphthalene-2,7-disulfonic acid, sodium ammonium 
salt (provided for in HTS subheading 3204.14.30), as duty free 
until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers to reduce 
costs, making these companies and downstream product industries 
more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

      4-AMINO-2,5-DIMETHOXY-N-PHENYLBENZEN SULFONAMIDE (SEC. 1191)

Present law

    4-Amino-2,5-dimethyoxy-N-phenylbenzene sulfonamide(CAS No. 
52298-44-9) (provided for in HTS subheading 2935.00.10) is 
subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 4-Amino-2,5-dimethyoxy-
N-phenylbenzene sulfonamide (CAS No. 52298-44-9) (provided for 
in HTS subheading 2935.00.10), as duty free until December 31, 
2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                      UNDECYLENIC ACID (SEC. 1192)

Present law

    10-Undecylenic acid (CAS No. 112-38-9) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2916.19.30) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 6. 1% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 10-Undecylenic acid (CAS 
No. 112-38-9) (provided for in HTS subheading 2916.19.30), as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

            2-METHYL-4-CHLOROPHENOXYACETIC ACID (SEC. 1193)

Present law

    2-Methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid (CAS No. 94-74-6) and 
its 2-ethylhexl ester (CAS. No. 29450-45-1) (provided for in 
HTS subheading 2918.90.20) and 2-Methyl-4-chlorophenoxy-acetic 
acid, dimethyl-amine salt (CAS No. 2039-46-5) (provided for in 
subheading 2921.19.60) is subject to NTR duty rate of 6.5%-8.6% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 2-Methyl-4-
chlorophenoxyacetic acid (CAS No. 94-74-6) and its 2-ethylhexl 
ester (CAS. No. 29450-45-1) (provided for in HTS subheading 
2918.90.20) and 2-Methyl-4-chlorophenoxy-acetic acid, dimethyl-
amine salt (CAS No. 2039-46-5) (provided for in HTS subheading 
2921.19.60), with a duty reduction to 2.6% until December 31, 
2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                      IMINODISUCCINATE (SEC. 1194)

Present law

    Mixtures of sodium salts of iminodisuccinic acid (provided 
for in HTS subheading 3824.90.90) is subject to an NTR duty 
rate of 5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for mixtures of sodium salts 
of iminodisuccinic acid (provided for in HTS subheading 
3824.90.90), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

        IMINODISUCCINATE SALTS AND AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS (SEC. 1195)

Present law

    Mixtures of sodium salts of iminodisuccinic acid, dissolved 
in water (provided for in HTS subheading 3824.90.90) are 
subject to an NTR duty rate of 5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for mixtures of sodium salts 
of iminodisuccinic acid, dissolved in water (provided for in 
HTS subheading 3824.90.90), as duty free until December 31, 
2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

      POLY(VINYL CHLORIDE) (PVC) SELF ADHESIVE SHEETS (SEC. 1196)

Present law

    Poly(vinyl chloride) self-adhesive sheets of a type used to 
make bandages (provided for in HTS subheading 3919.10.20) are 
subject to an NTR duty rate of 5.8% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading, Poly(vinyl chloride) self-
adhesive sheets of a type used to make bandages (provided for 
in HTS subheading 3919.10.20), as duty free until December 31, 
2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers to reduce 
costs, making these companies more competitive without 
jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

                 2-BUTYL-2-ETHYLPROPANEDIOL (SEC. 1197)

Present law

    2-Butyl-2-ethylpropanediol (CAS No. 115-84-4) (provided for 
in HTS subheading 2905.39.90) is subject to NTR duty rate of 
8.2% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 2-Butyl-2-
ethylpropanediol (CAS No. 115-84-4) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2905.39.90), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                  CYCLOHEXADEC-8-EN-1-ONE (SEC. 1198)

Present law

    Cyclohexadec-8-en-1-one (CAS No. 3100-36-5) (provided for 
in subheading 2914.29.50) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 
4.8% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Cyclohexadec-8-en-1-one 
(CAS No. 3100-36-5) (provided for in HTS subheading 
2914.29.50), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                  PAINT ADDITIVE CHEMICAL (SEC. 1199)

Present law

    N-Cyclopropyl-N,-(1,1-dimethylethy)-6-(methylthio)-1,3,5-
triazine -2,4-diamine (CAS No. 28159-98-0) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2933.69.60) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 3.7% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for N-Cyclopropyl-N-(1, 1-
dimethylethy) -6-(methylthio)-1,3,5-triazine-2,4-diamine (CAS 
No. 28159-98-0) (provided for in HTS subheading 2933.69.60), as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                    o-CUMYL-OCTYLPHENOL (SEC. 1200)

Present law

    o-cumyl-octylphenol (CAS No. 73936-80-8) (provided for in 
HTS subheading 2907.19.80) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 
5.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for o-cumyl-octylphenol (CAS 
No. 73936-80-8) (provided for in HTS subheading 2907.19.80), as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                     CERTAIN POLYAMIDES (SEC. 1201)

Present law

    Micro-porous, ultra fine, spherical forms of polyamide-6, 
polyamide-12, polyamide-6,12 powders (CAS No. 25038-54-4 and 
25038-74-8 and 25191-04-1) (provided for in HTS subheading 
3908.10.00) are subject to NTR duty rate of 6.3% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for micro-porous, ultra 
fine, spherical forms of polyamide-6, polyamide-12, polyamide-
6,12 powders (CAS No. 25038-54-4 and 25038-74-8 and 25191-04-1) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 3908.10.00)), as duty free 
until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                          MESAMOLL (SEC. 1202)

Present law

    Mixture of phenyl esters of C10-C18 alkylsulfonic acids 
(CAS No. 70775-94-9) (provided for in HTS subheading 3812.20. 
10) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 11% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for mixtures of phenyl 
esters of C10-C18 alkylsulfonic acids (CAS No. 70775-94-9) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 3812.20.10), as duty free until 
December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                       VULKALENT E/C (SEC. 1203)

Present law

    A mixture of N-Phenyl-N-((trichloromethyl) thio)-benzene
sulfonamide, calcium carbonate, and mineral oil (provided for 
in HTS subheading 3824.90.28) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 
9.3% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for a mixture of N-Phenyl-N-
((trichloromethyl)thio)-benzenesulfonamide, calcium carbonate, 
and mineral oil (provided for in HTS subheading 3824.90.28), as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                         BAYTRON M (SEC. 1204)

Present law

    A certain 3,4-Ethylenedioxythiophene (CAS No. 126213-50-1) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2934.90.90) is subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 3,4-
Ethylenedioxythiophene (CAS No. 126213-50-1) (provided for in 
HTS subheading 2934.90.90), as duty free until December 31, 
2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                        BAYTRON C-R (SEC. 1205)

Present law

    Aqueous catalytic preparations based on iron (III) 
toluenesulfonate (CAS No. 77214-82-5) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 3815.90.50) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 5% ad 
valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for aqueous catalytic 
preparations based on iron (III) toluenesulfonate (CAS No. 
77214-82-5) (provided for in HTS subheading 3815.90.50), as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                         BAYTRON P (SEC. 1206)

Present law

    Aqueous dispersions of poly (3,4-ethylene-dioxythiophene)-
poly (styrenesulfonate) (cationic) (CAS No. 155090-83-8) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 3911.90.25) is subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 6.1% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for aqueous dispersions of 
poly (3,4-ethylene-dioxythiophene)-poly (styrenesulfonate) 
(cationic) (CAS No. 155090-83-8) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 3911.90.25), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                    DIMETHYL DICARBONATE (SEC. 1207)

Present law

    Dimethyl dicarbonate (CAS No. 4525-33-1) (provided for in 
HTS subheading 2920.90.50) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 
3.7% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for dimethyl dicarbonate 
(CAS No. 4525-33-1) (provided for in HTS subheading 
2920.90.50), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                  KNO01 (A HYDROCHLORIDE) (SEC. 1208)

Present law 48

    2,4-Dichloro-5-hydrazinophenol monohydrochloride (CAS No. 
189573-21-5) (provided for in HTS subheading 2928.00.25) is 
subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 2,4-Dichloro-5-
hydrazinophenol monohydrochloride (CAS No. 189573-21-5) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2928.00.25), as duty free until 
December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs of manufacturing the herbicide in the United 
States, making the final product more affordable to U.S. 
farmers without jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

                           KL540 (SEC. 1209)

Present law

    Methyl-4-trifluoromethoxyphenyl-N-(chlorocarbonyl) 
carbarnate (CAS No. 173903-15-6) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2924.29.70) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 9.3% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for methyl-4-trifluoro-
methoxyphenyl-N-(chlorocarbonyl) carbarnate (CAS No. 173903-15-
6) (provided for in HTS subheading 2924.29.70), as duty free 
until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs of manufacturing the herbicide in the United 
States, making the final product more affordable to U.S. 
farmers without jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

                           DPC 083 (SEC.1210)

Present law

    (S)-6-chloro-3,4-dihydro-4E-cyclopropylethenyl-4-
trifluoromethyl-2(1H)-quinozolinone (CAS No. 214287-99-7) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2933.90.46) is subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for (S)-6-chloro-3,4-
dihydro-4E-cyclopropylethenyl-4-trifluoromethyl-2(1H)-
quinozolinone (CAS No. 214287-99-7) (provided for in FITS 
subheading 2933.90.46), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                          DPC 961 (SEC. 1211)

Present law

    (S)-6-chloro-3,4-dihydro-4-cyclopropylethynyl-4-
trifluoromethyl-2(1H)-quinozolinone (CAS No. 214287-88-4) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2933.90.46) is subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter 11 of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for (S)-6-chloro-3,4-
dihydro-4-cyclopropylethynyl-4-trifluoromethyl-2(lH)- 
quinozolinone (CAS No. 214287 88 4) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2933.90.46), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

           PETROLEUM SULFONIC ACIDS, SODIUM SALTS (SEC. 1212)

Present law

    Petroleum sulfonic acids, sodium salts (CAS No. 68608-26-4) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 3402.11.50) is subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 3.7% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Petroleum sulfonic 
acids, sodium salts (CAS No. 68608-26-4) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 3402.11.50), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                 PRO-JET CYAN 1 PRESS PASTE (SEC. 1213)

Present law

    Direct blue 199 acid (CAS No. 80146-12-9) (provided for in 
HTS subheading 3204.14.30) is subject to NTR duty rate of 9.9% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Direct blue 199 acid 
(CAS No. 80146-12-9) (provided for in HTS subheading 
3204.14.30), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers that use 
these products to reduce costs, making the downstream products 
more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                  PRO-JET BLACK ALC POWDER (SEC. 1214)

Present law

    Direct black 184 (provided for in HTS subheading 
3204.14.30) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 9.9% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Direct black 184 
(provided for in HTS subheading 3204.14.30), as duty free until 
December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers that use 
these products to reduce costs, making the downstream products 
more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

               PRO-JET FAST YELLOW 2 RO FEED (SEC. 1215)

Present law

    Direct yellow 173 (provided for in HTS subheading 
3204.14.30) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 9.9% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Direct yellow 173 
(provided for in HTS subheading 3204.14.30), as duty free until 
December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers that use 
these products to reduce costs, making the downstream products 
more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                     SOLVENT YELLOW 145 (SEC. 1216)

Present law

    Solvent yellow 145 (CAS No. 27425-55-4) (provided for in 
HTS subheading 3204.19.25) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 
11.9% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Solvent yellow 145 (CAS 
No. 27425-55-4) (provided for in HTS subheading 3204.19.25), as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers that use 
these products to reduce costs, making the downstream products 
more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

               PRO-JET FAST MAGENTA 2 RO FEED (SEC. 1217)

Present law

    Direct violet 107 (provided for in HTS subheading 
3204.14.30) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 9.9% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting in numerical sequence the new heading for 
Direct violet 107 (provided for in HTS subheading 3204.14.30), 
as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers that use 
these products to reduce costs, making the downstream products 
more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                 PRO-JET FAST CYAN 2 STAGE (SEC. 1218)

Present law

    Direct blue 307 (provided for in HTS subheading 3204.14.30) 
is subject to an NTR duty rate of 9.9% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Direct blue 307 
(provided for in HTS subheading 3204.14.30), as duty free until 
December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers that use 
these products to reduce costs, making the downstream products 
more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                   PRO-JET CYAN 485 STAGE (SEC. 1219)

Present law

    [(2-Hydroxyethylsulfamoyl)sulfophthalocyaninato] copper 
(II), mixed isomers (provided for in HTS subheading 3204.14.30) 
is subject to an NTR duty rate of 9.9% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for [(2-Hydroxyethyl-
sulfamoyl)sulfophthalocyaninato] copper (II), mixed isomers 
(provided for in HTS subheading 3204.14.30), as duty free until 
December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

          TRIFLUSULFURON METHYL FORMULATED PRODUCT (SEC. 1220)

Present law

    Methyl 2-[[[[[-4(dimethylamino)-6-(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy)-
1,3,5-triazin-2-yl]-amino]carbonyl] amino] sulfonyl]-3-
methylbenzoate (CAS No. 126535-15-7) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 3808.30.15) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.5% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for methyl 2-[[[[[-4(di-
methylamino)-6-(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy)-1,3,5-triazin-2-yl]-
amino]carbonyl]amino]sulfonyl]-3-methylbenzoate (CAS No. 
126535-15-7) (provided for in subheading 3808.10.15), as duty 
free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs of manufacturing the herbicide in the United 
States, making the final product more affordable to U.S. 
farmers without jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

                 PRO-JET FAST CYAN 3 STAGE (SEC. 1221)

Present law

    [29H, 31H-Phthalocyaninato (2-)-xN29, xN30, xN31, xN32], 
copper[[2-[4-(2-amino-ethyl)-1-piperazinyl] ethyl]-amino]-
sulfonylaminosulfonyl [(2-hydroxyethyl)amino]-sulfonyl [[2-[[2-
(1-piperazinyl)ethyl] amino) ethyl]amino]- sulfonyl sulfo 
derivatives and their sodium salts (provided for in HTS 
subheading 3204.14.30) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 9.9% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for [29H, 31H-
Phthalocyaninato (2-xN29, xN30, xN31, xN32], copper[[2-[4-(2-
amino-ethyl)-1-piperazinyl] ethyl]-amino]-sulfonylaminosulfonyl 
[(2-hydroxyethyl)amino]-sulfonyl [[2-[[2-(l-
piperazinyl)ethyl]amino) ethyl]amino]- sulfonyl sulfo 
derivatives and their sodium salts (provided for in HTS 
subheading 3204.14.30), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                   PRO-JET CYAN 1 RO FEED (SEC. 1222)

Present law

    Direct blue 199 sodium salt (CAS No. 90295-11-7) (provided 
for in HTS subheading 3204.14.30) is subject to an NTR duty 
rate of 9.9% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting the new heading for Direct blue 199 sodium 
salt (CAS No. 90295-11-7) (provided for in HTS subheading 
3204.14.30), as duty free until December 31, 2000, and a staged 
rate reduction thereafter.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

        PRO-JET FAST BLACK 287 NA PASTE/LIQUID FEED (SEC. 1223)

Present law

    Direct black 195 (CAS No. 160512-93-6) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 3204.14.30) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 9.9% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting the new heading for Direct black 195 (CAS 
No. 160512-93-6) (provided for in HTS subheading 3204.14.30), 
as duty free until December 31, 2000 and a staged rate 
reduction thereafter.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers that use 
these products to reduce costs, making the products more 
competitive without jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

4-(CYCLOPROPYL-A-HYDROXYMETHYLENE)-3,5-DIOXO-CYCLOHEXANECARBOXYLIC ACID 
                        ETHYL ESTER (SEC. 1224)

Present law

    4-(Cyclopropyl-a-hydroxymethylene)-3,5-dioxo-cyclohexane-
carboxylic acid ethyl ester (CAS No. 95266-40-3) (provided for 
in HTS subheading 2918.90.50) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 
4% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 4-(Cyclopropyl-a-
hydroxymethylene)-3,5-dioxo-cyclohexanecarboxylic acid ethyl 
ester (CAS No. 95266-40-3) (provided for in HTS subheading 
2918.90.50), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

  4,,-EPIMETHYLAMINO-4,,-DEOXYAVERMECTIN B1A AND B1B BENOZATES (SEC. 
                                 1225)

Present law

    4,,-Epimethylamino-4,,-deoxyavermectin B1a and B1b 
benozates (CAS No. 137512-74-4, 155569-91-8, or 179607-18-2) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2938.90.00) is subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 3.7% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 4,,-Epimethylamino-4,,-
deoxyavermectin B1a and B1b benozates (CAS No. 137512-74-4, 
155569-91-8, or 179607-18-2) (provided for in HTS subheading 
2938.90.00), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

  FORMULATIONS CONTAINING 2-[4-[(5-CHLORO-3-FLUORO-2-PYRIDINYL) OXY]-
                 PHENOXY]-2-PROPYNYL ESTER (SEC. 1226)

Present law

    Propanoic acid, 2-[4-[(5-chloro-3-fluoro-2-pyridinyl)oxy]-
phenoxy]-2-propynyl ester (CAS No. 105512-06-9) (provided for 
in subheading 3808.30.15) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 
6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for propanoic acid, 2-[4-
[(5-chloro-3-fluoro-2-pyridinyl)oxy]-phenoxy]-2-propynyl ester 
(CAS No. 105512-06-9) (provided for in HTS subheading 
3808.30.15), with a duty reduction to 3% until December 31, 
2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

 MIXTURES OF 2-(2-CHLOROETHOXY)-N-[[4-METHOXY-6-METHYL-1,3,5-TRIAZIN-2-
YL)-AMINO]CARBONYLBENZENESULFONAMIDE] AND 3,6-DICHLORO-2-METHOXYBENZOIC 
                            ACID (SEC. 1227)

Present law

    Mixtures of 2-(2-chloroethoxy)-N-[[4-methoxy-6-methyl-
1,3,5-triazin-2-yl)amino] carbonylbenzene-sul-fonamide] (CAS 
No. 82097-50-5) and 3,6-dichloro-2-methoxybenzoic acid (CAS No. 
1918-00-9) with application adjuvants (provided for in HTS 
subheading 3808.30.15) are subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.5% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for mixtures of 2-(2-
chloroethoxy)-N-[[4-methoxy-6-methyl-1,3,5-triazin-2-yl)amino] 
carbonylbenzene-sul-fonamide] (CAS No. 82097-50-5) and 3,6-
dichloro-2-methoxybenzoic acid (CAS No. 1918-00-9) with 
application adjuvants (provided for in HTS subheading 
3808.30.15), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

      (E,E)-a-(MEXTHOXYIMINO)-2-[[[[1-[3-(TRIFLUOROMETHYL)PHENYL] 
 ETHYLIDENE]AMINO]OXY]METHYL] BENZENEACETATE ACID, METHYL ESTER (SEC. 
                                 1228)

Present law

    (E,E)-a-(mexthoxyimino)-2-[[[[1-[3-
(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]ethyl-idene]oxy]methyl] benzeneacetate 
(CAS No. 141517-21-7) (provided for in HTS subheading 
2929.90.20) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 10.4% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for (E,E)-a-(mexthoxylmino)-
2-[[[[I-[3-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]ethylidene]oxy] 
methyl]benzene-acetate (CAS No. 141517-21-7) (provided for in 
HTS subheading 2929.90.20), as duty free until December 31, 
2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

               FORMULATIONS CONTAINING SULFUR (SEC. 1229)

Present law

    Mixtures of sulfur (80% by weight) and application 
adjuvants (CAS No. 7704-34-9) (provided for in subheading 
3808.20.50) are subject to an NTR duty rate of 5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by a new heading for mixtures of sulfur (80% by weight) 
and application adjuvants (CAS No. 7704-34-9) (provided for in 
subheading 3808.20.50), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

     MIXTURES OF 3-(6-METHOXY-4-METHYL-1,3,5-TRIAZIN-2-YL)-1-[2-(2-
             CHLOROETHOXY)-PHENYLSULFONYL]-UREA (SEC. 1230)

Present law

    Mixtures of 3-(6-methoxy-4-methyl-1,3,5-triazin-2-yl)-1-[2-
(2-chloro-ethoxy)-phenylsulfonyl]-urea (CAS No. 82097-50-5), 
(provided for in HTS subheading 3808.30.15) are subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for mixtures of 3-(6-
methoxy-4-methyl- 1,3,5-triazin-2-yl)-1-[2-(2-chloro-ethoxy)-
phenylsulfonyl]-urea (CAS No. 82097-50-5) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 3808.30.15), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

  MIXTURES OF 4-CYCLOPROPYL-6-METHYL-N-PHENYL-2-PYRIMIDINAMINE-4-(2,2-
  DIFLUORO-1,3-BENZODIOXOL-4-YL)-1H-PYRROLE-3-CARBONITRILE (SEC. 1231)

Present law

    Mixtures of 4-Cyclopropyl-6-methyl-N-phenyl-2-
pyrimidinamine-4-(2,2-difluoro-1,3-benzodioxol-4-yl)-1H-
pyrrole-3-carbonitrile (CAS No. 131341-86-1) (provided for in 
HTS subheading 3808.20.15) and application adjuvants are 
subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for mixtures of 4-
Cyclopropyl-6-methyl-N-phenyl-2- pyrimidinamine-4-(2,2-
difluoro-1,3-benzodioxol-4-yl)-1H-pyrrole-3-carbonitrile (CAS 
No. 131341-86-1) (provided for in HTS subheading 3808.20.15) 
and application adjuvants, as duty free until December 31, 
2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

 (R)-2-[2,6-DIMETHYLPHENYL)-METHOXYACETYLAMINO]PROPIONIC ACID, METHYL 
  ESTER AND (S)-2-[2,6-DIMETHYLPHENYL) METHOOXYACETYL-AMINO]PROPIONIC 
                     ACID, METHYL ESTER (SEC. 1232)

Present law

    (R)-2-[2,6-Dimethylphenyl)-methoxyacetyl-amino]-propionic, 
acid methyl ester and (S)-2-[2,6-Dimethylphenyl-
methoxyacetylamino]-propionic acid, methyl ester (CAS No. 
69516-34-3) (both of the foregoing provided for in HTS 
subheading 2924.29.47) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 9.1% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for (R)-2-[2,6-
Dimethylphenyl)-methoxyacetyl-amino]-propionic, acid methyl 
ester and (S)-2[2,6-Dimethylphenyl-methoxyacetylamino] 
propionic acid, methyl ester (CAS No. 69516-34-3) (both of the 
foregoing provided for in HTS subheading 2924.29.47), as duty 
free until December 31,2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

MIXTURES OF BENZOTHIALDIAZOLE-7-CARBOTHIOIC ACID, S-METHYL ESTER (SEC. 
                                 1233)

Present law

    Mixtures of benzothialdiazole-7-carbothioic acid, S-methyl 
ester (CAS No. 135158-54-2) and application adjuvants (provided 
for in HTS subheading 3808.20.15) are subject to an NTR duty 
rate of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for mixtures of 
benzothialdiazole-7-carbothioic acid, S-methyl ester (CAS No. 
135158-54-2) and application adjuvants (provided for in HTS 
subheading 3808.20.15), as duty free until December 31,2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

    BENZOTHIALDIAZOLE-7-CARBOTHIOIC ACID, S-METHYL ESTER (SEC. 1234)

Present law

    Benzothialdiazole-7-carbothioic acid, S-methyl ester (CAS 
No. 135158-54-2) (provided for in HTS subheading 2934.90.12) is 
subject to an NTR duty rate of 8.2% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Benzothialdiazole-7-
carbothioic acid, S-methyl ester (CAS No. 135158-54-2) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2934.90.12), as duty free until 
December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

  O-(4-BROMO-2-CHLOROPHENYL)-O-ETHYL-S-PROPYL PHOSPHOROTHIOATE (SEC. 
                                 1235)

Present law

    O-(4-Bromo-2-chlorophenyl)-O-ethyl-S-propyl 
phosphorothioate (CAS No.41198-08-7) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2930.90.10) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 8.9% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for O-(4-Bromo-2-
chlorophenyl)-O-ethyl-S-propyl phosphorothioate (CAS No. 41198-
08-7) (provided for in HTS subheading 293 0.90.10), as duty 
free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

1[[2-(2,4-DICHLOROPHENYL)-4-PROPYL-1,3-DIOXOLAN-2-YL] METHYLI-1H-1,2,4-
                          TRIAZOLE (SEC. 1236)

Present law

    1-[[2-(2,4-dichlorophenyl)-4-propyl-1,3-dioxolan-2-
yl]methyl]-lH-1,2,4-triazole (CAS No. 60207-90-1) (provided for 
in HTS subheading 2934.90.12) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 
8.3% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 1-[[2-(2,4-
dichlorophenyl)-4-propyl -1,3-dioxolan-2-yl]methyl]-1H-1,2,4-
triazole (CAS No. 60207-90-1) (provided for in HTS subheading 
2934.90.12), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

   TETRAHYDRO-3-METHYL-N-NITRO-5[[2-PHENYLTHIO)5-THIAZOLYL]-4H-1,3,5-
                     OXADIAZIN-4-IMINE (SEC. 1237)

Present law

    Tetrahydro-3-methyl-N-nitro-5[[2-phenylthio)-5-thiazolyl]-
4H-1,3,5-oxadiazin-4-imine (CAS No. 19243-9-46-6) (provided for 
in HTS subheading 2934.10.10) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 
9.3% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for tetrahydro-3-methyl-N-
nitro-5[ [2-phenylthio)-5-thiazolyl] 4H-1,3,5-oxadiazin-4-imine 
(CAS No. 192439-46-6) (provided for in HTS subheading 
2934.10.10), with a duty reduction to 4.3% until December 31, 
2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

    1-(4-METHOXY-6-METHYLTRIAZIN-2-YL)-3-[2-(3,3,3-TRIFLUOROPROPYL)-
                    PHENYLSULFONYL]-UREA (SEC. 1238)

Present law

    1-(4-Methoxy-6-methyltriazin-2-yl)-3-[2-(3,3,3-
trifluoropropyl)-phenylsulfonyl]-urea (CAS No. 94125-34-5) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2935.00.75) is subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 6.5%, ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter IIof chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 1-(4-Methoxy-6-
methyltriazin-2-yl)-3-[2-(3,3,3-trifluoropropyl)-
phenylsulfonyl]-urea (CAS No. 94125-34-5) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2935.00.75), as duty free until December 3 1, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

 4,5-DIHYDRO-6-METH-YL-4-[(3-PYRIDINYLMETHYLENE) AMINO] 1,2,4-TRIAZIN-
                         3(2H)-ONE (SEC. 1239)

Present law

    4,5-dihydro-6-meth-yl-4-[(3-pyridinylmeth-
ylene)amino]1,2,4-triazin-3(2H)-on e(CAS No. 123312-89-0) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2933.69.60) is subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 3.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 4,5-dihydro-6-meth-yl-4-
[(3-pyridinylmeth-ylene)amino]1,2,4-triazin-3(2H)-one (CAS No. 
123312-89-0) (provided for in HTS subheading 2933.69.60), as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

 4-(2,2-DIFLUORO-1,3-BENZODIOXOL-4-YL)-lH-PYRROLE-3-CARBONITRILE (SEC. 
                                 1240)

Present law

    4-(2,2-Difluoro-1,3-benzodioxol-4-yl)-IH-pyrrole-3-
carbonitrile (CAS No. 131341-86-1) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2934.90.12) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 8.3% 
ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 4-(2,2-Difluoro-1, 3-
benzodioxol-4-yl)-1H-pyrrole-3-carbonitrile (CAS No. 131341-86-
1) (provided for in HTS subheading 2934.90.12), as duty free 
until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

   MIXTURES OF 2-(((((4,6-DIMETHOXYPYRIMIDIN-2- YL)AMINO)-CARBONYL) 
SULFONYL)-N,N-DIMETHYL-3-PYRIDINECARBOXAMIDE AND APPLICATION ADJUVANTS 
                              (SEC. 1241)

Present law

    Mixtures of 2-(((((4,6-dimethoxypyrimidin-2-yl)amino)-car-
bonyl) sulfonyl)-N,N-dimethyl-3 pyridinecarboxamide and 
application adjuvants (CAS No. 111991-09-4) (provided for in 
HTS subheading 3808.30.15) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 
6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Mixtures of 2-(((((4,6-
dimethoxypyrimidin-2-yl)amino)-car-bonyl)sulfonyl)-N,N-
dimethyl-3 pyridinecarboxamide and application adjuvants (CAS 
No. 111991-09-4) (provided for in HTS subheading 3808.30.15), 
as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. companies to reduce costs 
of manufacturing the herbicide in the U.S. and make the final 
product more affordable to U.S. farmers without jeopardizing 
any domestic manufacturer.

                 MONOCHROME GLASS ENVELOPES (SEC. 1242)

Present law

    Monochrome glass envelopes (provided for in HTS subheading 
7011.20.40) are subject to an NTR duty rate of 5.2% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter 11 of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for monochrome glass 
envelopes (provided for in HTS subheading 7011.20.40), as duty 
free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers that use 
these products to reduce costs, making the downstream products 
more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                       CERAMIC COATER (SEC. 1243)

Present law

    Ceramic coater for laying down and drying ceramic (as 
provided for in HTS subheading 8479.89.97) is subject to NTR 
duty rate of 2.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 99, subchapter II of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for ceramic coaters used for 
laying down and drying ceramic (provided for in HTS subheading 
8479.89.97), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers that use 
these products to reduce costs, making the downstream products 
more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                  PRO-JET BLACK 263 STAGE (SEC. 1244)

Present law

    5-[4-(7-Amino-1-hydroxy-3-sulfonaphthalen-2-ylazo)-2,5-
bis(2-hydroxyethoxy)-phenylazo]isophthalic acid, lithium salt 
(provided for in HTS subheading 3204.14.30) is subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 9.9% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 5-[4-(7-Amino-1-hydroxy-
3-sulfonaphthalen-2-ylazo)-2,5-bis(2-hydroxyethoxy)-
phenylazo]isophthalic acid, lithium salt (provided for in HTS 
subheading 3204.14.30), as duty-free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                PRO-JET FAST BLACK 286 PASTE (SEC. 1245)

Present law

    1,3-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, 5-[[4-[(7-amino-1-hydroxy-3-
sulfo-2-naphthalenyl) azo-6-sulfo-l-naphthalenyl)azo]-, sodium 
salt (CAS No. 201932-24-3) (provided for in HTS subheading 
3204.14.30) is subject to NTR duty rate of 9.9% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 1,3-Benzenedicarboxylic 
acid, 5-[[4-[(7-amino-1-hydroxy-3-sulfo-2-naphthalenyl) azo-6-
sulfo-1-naphthalenyl)azo]-, sodium salt (CAS No. 201932-24-3) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 3204.14.30), as duty-free until 
December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                BROMINE-CONTAINING COMPOUNDS (SEC. 1246)

Present law

    Bromine-containing compounds are classifiable under HTS 
subheadings 2904.90.50 and 2903.69.70 and are subject to an NTR 
duty rate of 5.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting new subheadings for:
          2-Bromoethanesulfonic acid, sodium salt (CAS No. 
        4263-52-9) (provided for in HTS subheading 2904.90.50) 
        as duty free until December 31, 2003,
          4,4,-Dibromobiphenyl (CAS No. 92-86-4) (provided for 
        in HTS subheading 2903.69.70) as duty free until 
        December 31, 2003,
          4-Bromotoluene (CAS No. 106-38-7) (provided for in 
        HTS subheading 2903.69.70), as duty free until December 
        31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                 PYRIDINEDICARBOXYLIC ACID (SEC. 1247)

Present law

    Pyridinedicarboxylic acid is classifiable under HTS 
subheadings 2933.90.79, 2933.90.24 and 2921.49.45 and is 
subject to an NTR duty rate of 8.6% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting new subheadings for:
          1,4-Dihydro-2,6-dimethyl-1,4-diphenyl-3,5-
        pyridinedicarboxylic acid, dimethyl ester (CAS No. 
        83300-85-0) (provided for in HTS subheading 2933.90.79) 
        as duty free until December 31, 2003;
          1-[2-[2-Chloro-3-[(1,3-dihydro-1,3,3-trimethyl-2H-
        indol-2-ylidene) ethylidene]-1-cyclopenten-1-
        yl]ethenyl]-1,3,3-trimethyl-3H-indolium salt with 
        trifluoromethanesulfonic acid (1:1) (CAS No. 128433-68-
        1) (provided for in HTS subheading 2933.90.24), as duty 
        free until December 31, 2003;
          N-[4-[5-[4-(Dimethylamino)-phenyl]-1,5-diphenyl-2,4-
        pentadienylidene]-2,5-cyclohexadien-1-ylidene]-N-
        methylmethanaminium salt with trifluoromethane-sulfonic 
        acid (1:1) (CAS No. 100237-71-6) (provided for in HTS 
        subheading 2921.49.45), as duty free until December 31, 
        2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

            CERTAIN SEMICONDUCTOR MOLD COMPOUNDS (SEC. 1248)

Present law

    Thermosetting epoxide molding compounds of a kind suitable 
for use in the manufacture of semiconductor devices, via 
transfer molding processes, containing 70 percent or more of 
silica, by weight, and having less than 75 parts per million of 
combined water-extractable content of chloride, bromide, 
potassium and sodium are classifiable under HTS subheading 
3907.30.00 and are subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.1% ad 
valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Thermosetting epoxide 
molding compounds of a kind suitable for use in the manufacture 
of semiconductor devices, via transfer molding processes, 
containing 70 percent or more of silica, by weight, and having 
less than 75 parts per million of combined water-extractable 
content of chloride, bromide, potassium and sodium (provided 
for in HTS subheading 3907.30.00), and setting it at a duty 
rate of 3.5% until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers that use 
these products to reduce costs, making the downstream products 
more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                      SOLVENT BLUE 67 (SEC. 1249)

Present law

    Solvent blue 67 is classifiable under HTS subheading 
3204.19.11 and is subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad 
valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Solvent blue 67 (CAS No. 
81457-65-0) (provided for in HTS subheading 3204.19.11), as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                      PIGMENT BLUE 60 (SEC. 1250)

Present law

    Pigment blue 60 is classifiable under HTS subheading 
3204.17.90 and is subject to an NTR duty rate of 10.6% ad 
valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Pigment blue 60 (CAS No. 
81-77-6) (provided for in HTS subheading 3204.17.90), as duty 
free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                    MENTHYL ANTHRANILATE (SEC. 1251)

Present law

    Menthyl anthranilate is classifiable under HTS subheading 
2922.49.27 and is subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad 
valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for menthyl anthranilate 
(CAS No. 134-09-08) (provided for in HTS subheading 
2922.49.27), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                4-BROMO-2-FLUOROACETANILIDE (SEC. 1252)

Present law

    4-Bromo-2-fluoroacetanilide is classifiable under HTS 
subheading 2924.21.50 and is subject to an NTR duty rate of 
7.4% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 4-Bromo-2-
fluoroacetanilide (CAS No. 326-66-9) (provided for in HTS 
subheading 2924.21.50), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                       PROPIOPHENONE (SEC. 1253)

Present law

    Propiophenone is classifiable under HTS subheading 
2914.39.90 and is subject to an NTR duty rate of 7.4% ad 
valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for propiophenone (CAS No. 
93-55-0) (provided for in HTS subheading 2914.39.90), as duty 
free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                    m-CHLOROBENZALDEHYDE (SEC. 1254)

Present law

    m-Chlorobenzaldehyde is classifiable under HTS subheading 
2913.00.40 and is subject to an NTR duty rate of 9.8% ad 
valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for m-Chlorobenzaldehyde 
(CAS No. 587-04-2) (provided for in sub-heading 2913.00.40), as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                       CERAMIC KNIVES (SEC. 1255)

Present law

    Ceramic knives are classifiable under HTS subheading 
6911.10.80 or 6912.00.48 and is subject to an NTR duty rate of 
22.4% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for knives having ceramic 
blades, such blades containing over 90% zirconia by weight 
(provided for in sub-heading 6911.10.80 or 6912.00.48), as duty 
free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers that use 
these products to reduce costs, making the downstream products 
more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

            STAINLESS STEEL RAILCAR BODY SHELLS (SEC. 1256)

Present law

    Stainless steel railcar body shells are classifiable under 
HTS subheading 8607.99.10 and are subject to an NTR duty rate 
of 2.8% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for railway car bodyshells 
of stainless steel, the foregoing which are designed for 
gallery type railway cars each having an aggregate capacity of 
138 passengers on two enclosed levels (provided for in HTS 
subheading 8607.99.10), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers that use 
these products to reduce costs, making the downstream products 
more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

  STAINLESS STEEL RAILCAR BODY SHELLS OF 148-PASSENGER CAPACITY (SEC. 
                                 1257)

Present law

    Stainless steel railcar body shells of 100-passenger 
capacity are classifiable under HTS subheading 8607.99. 10 and 
are subject to an NTR duty rate of 2.8% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for railway car body shells 
of stainless steel, the foregoing which are designed for use in 
gallery type cab control railway cars each having an aggregate 
capacity of 148 passengers on two enclosed levels (provided for 
in HTS subheading 8607.99.10), as duty free until December 31, 
2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers that use 
these products to reduce costs, making the downstream products 
more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                       PENDIMETHALIN (SEC. 1258)

Present law

    N-(Ethylpropyl)-3,4-dimethyl-2,6-dinitroaniline 
(Pendimethalin) is classifiable under HTS subheading 2921.49.50 
and is subject to an NTR duty rate of 10.3% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for N-(Ethylpropyl)-3,4-
dimethyl-2,6-dinitroaniline (Pendimethalin) (CAS No. 40487  -
42-1) (provided for in HTS subheading 2921.49.50), and setting 
it at a duty rate of 1. 1% until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

     3,5-DIBROMO-4-HYDROXYBENZONITRIL ESTER AND INERTS (SEC. 1259)

Present law

    Mixtures of octanoate and heptanoate esters of bromoxynil 
(3,5-Dibromo-4-hydroxybenzonitrile) with application adjuvants 
is classifiable under HTS subheading 3808.30.15 and is subject 
to an NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for mixtures of octanoate 
and heptanoate esters of bromoxynil (3,5-Dibromo-4-
hydroxybenzonitrile) (CAS Nos. 1689-99-2 and 56634-95-8) with 
application adjuvants (provided for in HTS subheading 
3808.30.15), as duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

              3,5-DIBROMO-4-HYDROXYBENZONITRIL (SEC. 1260)

Present law

    Bromoxynil (3,5-dibromo-4-hydroxybenzonitrile) octanoic 
acid ester is classifiable under HTS subheading 2926.90.25 and 
is subject to an NTR duty rate of 8.6% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Bromoxynil (3,5-dibromo-
4-hydroxybenzonitrile), octanoic acid ester (CAS No. 1689-99-2) 
(provided for in HTS subheading 2926.90.25) and set it at a 
duty rate of 4.2% until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                        ISOXAFLUTOLE (SEC. 1261)

Present law

    4-(2-Methanesulfonyl-4-trifluoromethylbenzoyl)-5-
cyclopropylisoxazole is classifiable under HTS subheading 
2934.90.15 and is subject to an NTR duty rate of 8.6% ad 
valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 4-(2-Methanesulfonyl-4-
trifluoromethylbenzoyl)-5-cyclopropylisoxazole (CAS No. 141112-
29-0) (provided for in HTS subheading 2934.90.15) and set it at 
a duty rate of 1.0% until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                   CYCLANILIDE TECHNICAL (SEC. 1262)

Present law

    1-(2,4-Dichlorophenylaminocarbonyl)-cyclopropanecarboxylic 
acid is classifiable under HTS subheading 2924.29.47 and is 
subject to an NTR duty rate of 8.4% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for 1-(2,4-
Dichlorophenylaminocarbonyl)-cyclopropanecarboxylic acid. (CAS 
No. 113136-77-9) (provided for in HTS subheading 2924.29.47) 
and setting it at a duty rate of 5.7% until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                          R115777 (SEC. 1263)

Present law

    (R)-6-[Amino(4-chlorophenyl)(1-meth-yl-1H-imidazol-5-
yl)methyl]-4-(3-chlorophenyl)-lmethyl-2(1H)-quinoline is 
classifiable under HTS subheading 2933.40.26 and is subject to 
an NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for (R)-6-[Amino(4-
chlorophenyl)(1-meth-yl-1H-imidazol-5-yl)methyl]-4-(3-chlorop 
henyl)-lmethyl-2(1H)-quinoline (CAS No. 192185-72-1) (provided 
for in HTS subheading 2933.40.26) as duty free until December 
31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                      BONDING MACHINES (SEC. 1264)

Present law

    Bonding machines are classifiable under HTS subheading 
8479.89.97 and are subject to an NTR duty rate of 2.5% ad 
valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for bonding machines for use 
in the manufacture of digital versatile discs (DVDs) (provided 
for in HTS subheading 8479.89.97) and setting it at a duty rate 
of 1.7% until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers that use 
these products to reduce costs, making the downstream products 
more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                       GLYOXYLIC ACID (SEC. 1265)

Present law

    Glyoxylic acid is classifiable under HTS subheading 
2918.30.90 and is subject to an NTR duty rate of 3.7% ad 
valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision amends subchapter II of chapter 99 of the 
HTS by inserting a new heading for glyoxylic acid (CAS No. 298-
12-4) (provided for in HTS subheading 2918.30.90), as duty free 
until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers that use 
these products to reduce costs, making the downstream products 
more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                     FLUORIDE COMPOUNDS (SEC. 1266)

Present law

    Ammonium bifluoride is classifiable under HTS subheadings 
2826.11.10 and 2826.19.00 and is subject to an NTR duty rate of 
3.1% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading for Ammonium bifluoride, as 
duty free until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
reduce costs, making the chemicals and downstream product 
industries more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

                        COBALT BORON (SEC. 1267)

Present law

    Cobalt boron is classifiable under HTS subheading 
8105.10.30 and is subject to an NTR duty rate of 4.4% ad 
valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter II of chapter 99 of 
the HTS by inserting new heading for Cobalt boron (provided for 
in HTS subheading 8105.10.30), as duty free until December 31, 
2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers that use 
these products to reduce costs, making the downstream products 
more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

    CERTAIN STEAM OR OTHER VAPOR GENERATING BOILERS USED IN NUCLEAR 
                         FACILITIES (SEC. 1268)

Present law

    Watertube boilers with a steam production exceeding 45 t 
per hour, for use in nuclear facilities (provided for in sub-
heading 8402.11.00) are subject to an NTR duty rate of 5.2% ad 
valorem.

Explanation of provision

    The provision amends subchapter II of chapter 99 of the HTS 
by inserting a new subheading for watertube boilers with a 
steam production exceeding 45 t per hour, for use in nuclear 
facilities (provided for in HTS subheading 8402.11.00), with a 
duty reduction to 4.9% ad valorem until December 31, 2003.
    The duty reduction applies only to those binding contracts 
that have been entered into on or before the date of enactment 
of this Act and does not apply to any contracts entered into 
after such date.

Reason for change

    This duty reduction will reduce costs for nuclear power 
facilities operators. The Committee expects that these savings 
will be passed directly and entirely to the consumer.

                     FIPRONAL TECHNICAL (SEC. 1269)

Present law

    Fipronal Technical (CAS No. 120068-37-3) (provided for in 
HTS subheading 2933.19.23) is subject to an NTR duty rate of 
9.3% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision amends subchapter II of chapter 99 of the 
HTS by inserting in a new heading for Fipronal Technical (CAS 
No. 120068-37-3) (provided for in HTS subheading 2933.19.23), 
with a duty reduction to 5.6% ad valorem until December 31, 
2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers that use 
these products to reduce costs, making the downstream products 
more competitive without jeopardizing any domestic 
manufacturer.

          Chapter 2--Existing Duty Suspensions and Reductions


SEC. 1301. EXTENSION OF CERTAIN EXISTING DUTY SUSPENSIONS AND 
        REDUCTIONS

(a) Existing duty suspensions

Present law

    (1) The temporary duty suspension for DEMT (provided for in 
HTS heading 9902.32.12) would expire December 31, 2001, after 
which time the product would be subject to an NTR duty rate of 
11.4% ad valorem.
    (2) The temporary suspension of duty on a certain polymer 
(provided for, in HTS heading 9902.3 9.07) is to expire 
December 31, 2001, after which time the product would be 
subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad valorem.
    (3) The temporary suspension of duty on 4-hexylresorcinol 
(provided for in HTS heading 9902.29.07) is to expire December 
31, 2001, after which time the product would be subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 5.5% ad valorem.
    (4) The temporary suspension of duty on certain sensitizing 
dyes (provided for in HTS heading 9902.29.37) is to expire 
December 31, 2001, after which time the product would be 
subject to an NTR duty rate of 6.5% ad valorem.
    (5) The temporary suspension of duty on certain organic 
pigments and dyes (provided for in HTS heading 9902.32.07) is 
to expire December 31, 2001, after which time the product would 
be subject to an NTR duty rate of 5.9% ad valorem.
    (6) The temporary suspension of duty on certain semi-
manufactured forms of gold (provided for in HTS heading 
9902.71.08) is to expire December 31, 2001, after which time 
the product would be subject to an NTR duty rate of 4.1 % ad 
valorem.
    (7) The temporary suspension on DPXE 6578 (provided for in 
HTS heading 9902.33.59) expires on December 31, 2001, after 
which time the product would be subject to an NTR duty rate of 
9.3% ad valorem (as provided for in HTS subheading 2933.59.70).
    (8) The temporary suspension on rimsulfuron (provided for 
in HTS heading 9902.33.60) expires on December 31, 2000, after 
which time the product would be subject to an NTR duty rate of 
9.3% ad valorem (as provided for in HTS subheading 2935.00.75).
    (9) The temporary suspension on rolled glass (provided for 
in HTS heading 9902.70.03) expires on December 31, 2001, after 
which time the product would be subject to an NTR duty of 1.3% 
ad valorem.
    (10) The temporary suspension on ferroboron (provided for 
in HTS heading 9902.72.02) expires on December 31, 2001, after 
which time the product would be subject to an NTR duty rate of 
5% ad valorem.
    (11) The temporary duty suspension on synthetic quartz and 
synthetic fused silica (provided for in HTS heading 9902.70.06) 
expires on December 31, 2001 after which time the product would 
be subject to an NTR duty of 4.9% ad valorem.
    (12) The temporary duty suspension on diiodomethyl-p-
tolylsulfone (provided for in HTS heading 9902.32.90) expires 
on December 31, 2001, after which time the product would be 
subject to an NTR duty rate of 7.7% ad valorem.
    (13) The temporary duty suspension on b-bromo-b-
nitrostyrene (provided for in HTS heading 9902.32.92) expires 
on December 31, 2001, after which time the product would be 
subject to an NTR duty rate of 7.6% ad valorem.
    (14) The temporary duty suspension on Yttrium (provided for 
in HTS heading 9902.32.06) expires on December 31, 2000, after 
which time the product would be subject to an NTR duty rate of 
6.5% ad valorem.
    (15) The temporary duty suspension on methyl thioglycolate 
(provided for in HTS heading 9902.32.55) expires on December 
31, 2001, after which time the product would be subject to an 
NTR duty rate of 3.7% ad valorem.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend the above HTS headings to extend 
those temporary duty suspensions until December 31, 2003.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers that use 
these products to continue to keep costs down, which would 
continue to make downstream product industries more competitive 
without jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

(b) Existing duty reductions

Present law

    Ethylene/tetra-fluoroethylene copolymer (ETFE) (provided 
for in HTS heading 3904.69.50) is currently subject to an NTR 
duty rate of 6.5% ad valorem, and a duty reduction rate of 3.3% 
ad valorem (provided for in HTS heading 9902.29.68) until 
December 31, 2001.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend HTS heading 9902.29.68 by 
extending the duty reduction rate to December 31, 2003. The NTR 
rate of duty is provided above to make importers aware that 
this product is classified under two separate HTS headings, and 
that all importers of the above product may avail themselves of 
the duty reduction rate.

Reason for change

    This provision would enable U.S. chemical manufacturers to 
continue the reduced costs, keeping the chemicals and 
downstream product industries more competitive without 
jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

(c) Other modifications

Present law

    (1) There is a temporary duty suspension for methyl ester 
(provided for in HTS heading 9902.38.24).
    (2) There is a temporary duty suspension on certain 
manufacturing equipment (provided for in HTS headings 
9902.84.83, 9902.84.85, 9902.84.87, 9902.84.89, and 
9902.84.91).
    (3) There is a temporary duty reduction on carbamic acid 
(provided for in HTS heading 9902.33.61).
    (4) There is a temporary duty reduction on DPX-E9260 
(provided for in HTS subheading 9902.33.63).

Explanation of provision

    This provision would modify the existing duty suspensions 
and reductions identified above, as follows:
            (1) The temporary duty suspension on methyl ester 
        would be changed to a staged rate duty reduction and 
        extended until December 31, 2003.
            (2) The temporary duty suspension on certain 
        manufacturing equipment would be modified.
            (3) The temporary duty reduction on carbamic acid 
        would be made a duty suspension and extended until 
        December 31, 2003.
            (4) The temporary duty reduction on DPX-E9260 would 
        be made a duty suspension and extended until December 
        31, 2003.

Reason for change

        This provision would enable U.S. manufacturers that use 
these products to reduce costs, making downstream products more 
competitive without jeopardizing any domestic manufacturer.

                  Subtitle B--Other Tariff Provisions


       Chapter 1--Liquidation or Reliquidation of Certain Entries


                 CERTAIN TELEPHONE SYSTEMS (SEC. 1401)

Present law

    Certain identified entries of telephone systems were 
liquidated by U.S. Customs under an incorrect HTS number.

Explanation of provision

    This provision provides for the liquidation or 
reliquidation of certain identified entries in accordance with 
a final decision of the U.S. Department of Commerce of May 7, 
1990 (A580-803-001).

Reason for change

    This provision authorizes U.S. Customs to liquidate or 
reliquidate these entries at the correct rate of duty.

             COLOR TELEVISION RECEIVER ENTRIES (SEC. 1402)

Present law

    Certain identified entries of color televisions were 
liquidated by U.S. Customs under an incorrect HTS number.

Explanation of provision

    This provision provides for the liquidation or 
reliquidation of certain identified color television receiver 
entries.

Reason for change

    This provision authorizes U.S. Customs to liquidate or 
reliquidate these entries at the correct rate of duty.

              COPPER AND BRASS SHEET AND STRIP (SEC. 1403)

Present law

    Certain identified entries of copper and brass sheet and 
strip entered during the period from October 18, 1986 to 
December 5, 1990 were liquidated by the Customs Service.

Explanation of provision

    This provision provides for the liquidation or 
reliquidation of certain identified entries of copper and brass 
sheet and strip entered.

Reason for change

    This provision authorizes U.S. Customs to reliquidate these 
entries at the correct rate of duty.

                   ANTIFRICTION BEARINGS (SEC. 1404)

Present law

    Certain identified entries of antifriction bearings entered 
during the period from May 26, 1989 to April 12, 1990 were 
liquidated by U.S. Customs.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would provide for the liquidation or 
reliquidation of certain identified entries of antifriction 
bearings from May 26, 1989 to April 12, 1990.

Reason for change

    This provision authorizes U.S. Customs to liquidate or 
reliquidate these entries at the correct rate of duty.

                OTHER ANTIFRICTION BEARINGS (SEC. 1405)

Present law

    Certain identified entries of antifriction bearings entered 
during the period from April 4, 1990 to May 21, 1991 were 
liquidated by U.S. Customs.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would provide for the liquidation or 
reliquidation of certain identified entries of antifriction 
bearings entered during the period from April 4, 1990 to May 
21, 1991.

Reason for change

    This provision authorizes U.S. Customs to reliquidate these 
entries at the correct rate of duty.

                    PRINTING CARTRIDGES (SEC. 1406)

Present law

    Certain identified entries of printing cartridges entered 
during the period from April 18, 1997 to March 27, 1998 were 
liquidated by the Customs Service.

Explanation of provision

    This provision provides for the liquidation or 
reliquidation of certain identified entries of printing 
cartridges.

Reason for change

    This directs the U.S. Customs Service to liquidate or 
reliquidate these entries at the correct duty rate.

LIQUIDATION OR RELIQUIDATION OF CERTAIN ENTRIES OF N,N-DICYOLOHEXYLL-2-
                  BENSOTHAZOLE-SULFENAMIDE (SEC. 1407)

Present law

    Certain identified entries of N,N-dicyolohexyll-2-
bensothazole-sulfenamide entered during the period from 
February 1, 1995 to November 26, 1996 were liquidated by the 
Customs Service.

Explanation of provision

    This provision provides for the liquidation or 
reliquidation of certain identified entries of 
N,Ndicyolohexyll-2-bensothazole-sulfenamide during the period 
from February 1, 1995 to November 26, 1996 as free from duty.

Reason for change

    This directs the U.S. Customs Service to liquidate or 
reliquidate these entries at the correct duty rate.

        CERTAIN ENTRIES OF TOMATO SAUCE PREPARATION (SEC. 1408)

Present law

    Certain identified entries of tomato sauce preparation 
entered during the period from July 14, 1989 to February 9, 
1995 were liquidated by the Customs Service.

Explanation of provision

    This provision provides for the liquidation or 
reliquidation of certain identified entries of tomato sauce 
preparation.

Reason for change

    This directs the U.S. Customs Service to liquidate or 
reliquidate these entries at the correct rate of duty.

  CERTAIN TOMATO SAUCE PREPARATION ENTERED IN 1990 THROUGH 1992 (SEC. 
                                 1409)

Present law

    Certain identified entries of tomato sauce preparation 
entered during the period from November 28, 1990 to December 
12, 1992 were liquidated by the Customs Service.

Explanation of provision

    This provision provides for the liquidation or 
reliquidation of certain identified entries of tomato sauce 
preparation.

Reason for change

    This directs the U.S. Customs Service to liquidate or 
reliquidate these entries at the correct rate of duty.

  CERTAIN TOMATO SAUCE PREPARATION ENTERED IN 1989 THROUGH 1995 (SEC. 
                                 1410)

Present law

    Certain identified entries of tomato sauce preparation 
entered during the period from October 11, 1989 to April 28, 
1995 were liquidated by the Customs Service.

Explanation of provision

    This provision provides for the liquidation or 
reliquidation of certain identified entries of tomato sauce 
preparation.

Reason for change

    This directs the U.S. Customs Service to liquidate or 
reliquidate these entries at the correct rate of duty.

 CERTAIN TOMATO SAUCE PREPARATION ENTERED IN 1989 AND 1990. (SEC. 1411)

Present law

    Certain identified entries of tomato sauce preparation 
entered during the period from July 27, 1989 to January 12, 
1990 were liquidated by the Customs Service.

Explanation of provision

    This provision provides for the liquidation or 
reliquidation of certain identified entries of tomato sauce 
preparation.

Reason for change

    This directs the U.S. Customs Service to liquidate or 
reliquidate these entries at the correct rate of duty.

             NEOPRENE SYNCHRONOUS TIMING BELTS (SEC. 1412)

Present law

    On March 3, 1990, entry number 469-0015023-9 was levied a 
74.9% anti-dumping duty. The entry consisted of a shipment of 
neoprene synchronous timing belts.

Explanation of provision

    Any amounts owed by the U.S. pursuant to the liquidation or 
reliquidation of the entry number 469-0015023-9, with interest 
accrued from the date of entry, shall be paid by the U.S. 
Customs Service within 90 days after such liquidation or 
reliquidation.

Reason for change

    During the period from February 1, 1989 until February 28, 
1990, anti-dumping duties levied on neoprene synchronous timing 
belts were reduced from 74.9% to 24%. Despite this reduction, 
entry number 469-0015023-9 was still charged the full 74.9%. 
This provision redresses this oversight and refunds sums equal 
to the amount that was overcharged.

    RELIQUIDATION OF DRAWBACK CLAIM NUMBER R74-10343996 (SEC. 1413)

Present law

    Section 313(j) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. section 
1313(j)) allows exporters to claim drawback under certain 
circumstances.

Explanation of provision

    This provision provides for the liquidation or 
reliquidation of the identified drawback claims.

Reason for change

    The identified drawback claims were not liquidated as filed 
by the U.S. Customs Service for administrative reasons, and 
should have been liquidated as filed.

   RELIQUIDATION OF CERTAIN DRAWBACK CLAIMS FILED IN 1996 (SEC. 1414)

Present law

    Section 313(j) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. section 
13130(j)) allows exporters to claim drawback under certain 
circumstances.

Explanation of provision

    This provision provides for the liquidation or 
reliquidation of the identified drawback claims.

Reason for change

    The identified drawback claims were not liquidated as filed 
by the U.S. Customs Service for administrative reasons, and 
should have been liquidated as filed.

    RELIQUIDATION OF CERTAIN DRAWBACK CLAIMS RELATING TO EXPORTS OF 
           MERCHANDISE FROM MAY 1993 TO JULY 1993 (SEC. 1415)

Present law

    Section 313(j) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. section 
1313(j)) allows exporters to claim drawback under certain 
circumstances.

Explanation of provision

    This provision provides for the liquidation or 
reliquidation of the identified drawback claims.

Reason for change

    The identified drawback claims were not liquidated as filed 
by the U.S. Customs Service for administrative reasons, and 
should have been liquidated as filed.

  RELIQUIDATION OF CERTAIN DRAWBACK CLAIMS RELATING TO EXPORTS CLAIMS 
           FILED BETWEEN APRIL 1994 AND JULY 1994 (SEC. 1416)

Present law

    Section 313(j) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. section 
1313(j)) allows exporters to claim drawback under certain 
circumstances.

Explanation of provision

    This provision provides for the liquidation or 
reliquidation of the identified drawback claims.

Reason for change

    The identified drawback claims were not liquidated as filed 
by the U.S. Customs Service for administrative reasons, and 
should have been liquidated as filed.

RELIQUIDATION OF CERTAIN DRAWBACK CLAIMS RELATING TO JUICES (SEC. 1417)

Present law

    Section 313(j) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. section 
1313(j)) allows exporters to claim drawback under certain 
circumstances.

Explanation of provision

    This provision provides for the liquidation or 
reliquidation of the identified drawback claims.

Reason for change

    The identified drawback claims were not liquidated as filed 
by the U.S. Customs Service for administrative reasons, and 
should have been liquidated as filed.

   RELIQUIDATION OF CERTAIN DRAWBACK CLAIMS FILED IN 1997 (SEC. 1418)

Present law

    Section 313(j) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. section 
1313(j) allows exporters to claim drawback under certain 
circumstances.

Explanation of provision

    This provision provides for the liquidation or 
reliquidation of the identified drawback claims.

Reason for change

    The identified drawback claims were not liquidated as filed 
by the U.S. Customs Service for administrative reasons, and 
should have been liquidated as filed.

    RELIQUIDATION OF DRAWBACK CLAIM NUMBER WJU1111031-7 (SEC. 1419)

Present law

    Section 313(j) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. section 
1313(j)) allows exporters to claim drawback under certain 
circumstances.

Explanation of provision

    This provision provides for the liquidation or 
reliquidation of the identified drawback claims.

Reason for change

    The identified drawback claims were not liquidated as filed 
by the U.S. Customs Service for administrative reasons, and 
should have been liquidated as filed.

LIQUIDATION OR RELIQUIDATION OF CERTAIN ENTRIES OF ATHLETIC SHOES (SEC. 
                                 1420)

Present law

    Certain identified entries of athletic shoes entered during 
the period from August 1, 1993 to June 1, 1998 were liquidated 
by the U.S. Customs Service.

Explanation of provision

    This provison provides for the liquidation or reliquidation 
of certain identified entries of defective athletic shoes which 
were recycled rather than destroyed.

Reason for change

    These drawback claims were denied due to the fact that the 
product was recycled rather than destroyed. It is the view of 
the Committee that the importer should not be penalized for 
having taken actions that were both consistent with the intent 
of the drawback statute and were environmentally responsible.

       DESIGNATION OF MOTOR FUELS AND JET FUELS AS COMMERCIALLY 
                      INTERCHANGEABLE (SEC. 1421)

Present law

    Drawback is available under Section 313 of the Tariff Act 
of 1930.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would clarify the treatment of jet fuels for 
purposes of drawback under Section 313 of the Tariff Act of 
1930.

Reason for change

    To clarify the treatment of jet fuels under the drawback 
statute.

 Chapter 2--Special Classification Relating to Product Development and 
                                Testing


                IMPORTING PROTOTYPES, (SECS. 1431-1435)

Present law

    Under current law, prototypes imported into the United 
States for product development testing and product evaluation 
purposes are subject to the U.S. Customs Service duty upon 
their importation into the United States unless they qualify 
for duty-free treatment under special trade programs or unless 
entered under a temporary importation bond.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend chapter 98, subchapter XVII of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading 9817.85.01 for duty-free 
treatment of prototypes imported exclusively for development, 
testing, product evaluation, or quality control purposes.
    Section 1432 contains findings that reflect an 
understanding that there is significant use of prototypes in 
the United States for the development and testing of products. 
However, these findings note that the current assessment of 
Customs duties on imports of prototypes discourage development 
and testing in the United States. There is a particular concern 
that duties are assessed on prototypes twice, once when they 
are imported and a second time as part of the cost of the 
imported production merchandise.
    Section 1433 amends the HTS to add a new provision, 
subheading 9817.85.01, to permit the duty-free importation of 
prototypes to be used exclusively for development, testing, 
product evaluation or quality control purposes. This section 
also adds a new Note 6 to subchapter XVII of chapter 98 to 
define the term ``prototypes.'' This note provides that 
automobile racing for prize or purse or commercial competition 
shall not be considered to be ``development, testing, product 
evaluation, or quality control'' for purposes of clause (a)(i) 
of this Note. The purpose of this provision is to clarify that 
the term ``prototype'' does not include articles that are 
imported for use in an automobile race in which the importer 
may receive a prize or purse or other commercial remuneration. 
This limitation would not apply where the prototype is used 
only for a test or trial events, where no such prize or purse 
or other commercial remuneration is awarded.
    The new Note also limits the application of this provision 
as follows:
    (i) Prototypes may be imported in limited noncommercial 
quantities in accordance with industry practice.
    (ii) Except as provided by the Secretary of the Treasury, 
prototypes may not be sold after importation into the United 
States or be incorporated into other products that are sold.
    (iii) Articles subject to quantitative restrictions or 
antidumping or countervailing duty orders may not be classified 
as prototypes.
    Section 1434(a) authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to 
promulgate regulations for the identification of prototypes at 
the time of importation into the United States in accordance 
with the provisions of this chapter.
    Section 1434(b) directs the Secretary of the Treasury to 
promulgate final regulations within ten months of the date of 
enactment to authorize the sale of prototypes as waste, scrap 
or for recycling. In promulgating these regulations, the 
Secretary must ensure that all duties will be tendered for 
sales of prototypes, including prototypes and parts of 
prototypes incorporated into other products, as scrap, waste or 
recycled materials at the rates of duty in effect for such 
scrap, waste or recycled materials at the time of importation 
of the prototype.
    Section 1435 provides that the amendments to the HTS made 
by this legislation apply to entries of prototypes classifiable 
under subheading 9817.85.01 of the HTS made on or after the 
date of enactment of these provisions; and to entries of 
prototypes classifiable under subheading 9813.00.30 of the HTS 
with respect to which liquidation has not become final as of 
the date of enactment of this Act.

Reason for change

    This provision would allow prototypes, as defined under 
this Act, to be imported free of duty with certain specified 
exceptions and restrictions, under new heading 9817.85.01 of 
the HTS.
    This provision is needed because, notwithstanding that the 
prototypes are subject to duty when imported, U.S. Customs 
takes the position that the price of the prototypes is included 
in the value of production articles which are imported later, 
as part of the price paid or payable for the production 
articles. The double assessment of duties on prototypes 
discourages development and testing in the United States. While 
there are tariff provisions and special programs, such as 
temporary importation under bond or drawback, which might be 
used to avoid the double assessment of duties, these programs 
have been found to be difficult to administer and utilize. 
Given these concerns, the Committee intends that this new 
tariff provision will result in the collection of duties on the 
value of prototypes only once (through the inclusion of the 
value of the prototypes in the value of any imported production 
articles); and will be simple both to administer and to use.
    This provision also authorizes the Secretary of the 
Treasury to issue regulations authorizing the sale of 
prototypes as scrap, waste or for recycling as an exception to 
the general rule that (except as provided by the Secretary of 
the Treasury) prototypes may not be sold after importation or 
incorporated into other products that are sold. The Committee 
strongly seeks to encourage the environmentally responsible 
disposal of prototypes and therefore expects the Secretary of 
the Treasury to issue regulations authorizing such disposal to 
the fullest extent possible. The Committee understands that the 
HTS currently provides that most types of waste or scrap may be 
imported free of duty, including waste and scrap of aluminum, 
copper, glass, ferrous metal, nickel, paper and paperboard, 
precious metals, tin, zinc, leather, wood, and rubber. 
Accordingly, the Committee intends that the regulations 
promulgated by the Treasury Department, unlike current 
programs, will impose minimal burdens with respect to imports 
of prototypes that might involve the sale of waste or scrap 
entitled to duty free entry. As well, the Committee expects the 
Treasury Department to develop simplified procedures relating 
to the payment of any duties owed.

Chapter 3--Prohibition on Importation of Products Made With Dog or Cat 
                                  Fur


                            (SECS.1441-1443)

Present law

    Current Federal law permits the import, export, and the 
domestic manufacture, sale, transportation, and introduction 
into interstate commerce, of products containing cat and dog 
fur.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would prohibit the import, export, domestic 
manufacture, offer for sale, sale, transportation, or 
distribution of products made with dog or cat fur in the United 
States. The provision would impose civil penalties of up to 
$10,000 for each knowing and intentional violation of the ban, 
up to $5,000 for each grossly negligent violation, and up to 
$3,000 for each negligent violation. The provision would, in 
addition, provide for the forfeiture of products marketed in 
violation of the ban and potential debarment from engaging in 
commerce involving fur products. The provision would also 
impose criminal penalties for violations of the ban. The 
provision authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to offer, 
under certain circumstances, rewards of $500 for information 
concerning violations of the ban.
    The provision reflects the Committee's intent that use of 
debarment from importing, exporting, or otherwise engaging in 
commerce in fur products as a civil penalty would be limited to 
instances where either there was a criminal conviction or the 
Secretary found a pattern or practice of several violations 
that have resulted in civil penalties being imposed for knowing 
and intentional or grossly negligent conduct in violation of 
the ban. As in all enforcement actions, the U.S. Government 
would bear the burden of proof and this legislation would not 
modify that burden. The provision reported by the Committee 
would, in addition, provide U.S. purchasers of fur products 
with an affirmative defense if they can demonstrate they 
exercised reasonable care in their purchase of the items that 
were ultimately found to have violated the ban. In effect, the 
bill would make the affirmative defense contingent upon the 
U.S. purchaser's ability to show that they had exercised 
reasonable care and due diligence in selecting their suppliers 
and in their purchase of fur products to ensure that such 
purchases would not violate the ban.
    The provision would require the Secretary to issue 
implementing regulations within 270 days of enactment. It would 
also require the Secretary to develop a plan for effective 
enforcement of the provision. The provision would require the 
Secretary, not later than 1 year after the enactment of this 
provision and annually thereafter, to provide Congress with a 
report on the Sectretary's enforcement efforts, including 
action taken to train and equip Customs Service staff to 
accurately identify dog and cat fur products.
    This provision would require the U.S. Customs Service to 
develop and publish periodically a list of parties who have 
been found (through criminal and civil conviction) to have 
engaged intentionally, knowingly or with gross negligence in 
the trade in dog and cat fur. This provision is intended to 
better inform U.S. entities engaged in the fur trade and assist 
them in their efforts at due diligence to ensure that the ban 
is not violated. Toward that same end, the provision would also 
direct the U.S. Customs Service to develop a program of 
certifying legitimate U.S. and foreign laboratories to which 
U.S. purchasers could obtain reliable assessments of whether 
products they intend to purchase are made with dog or cat fur. 
In addition, the provision would direct the Secretary of the 
Treasury to investigate and report to Congress on any instances 
of a pattern or practice of government support for trade in dog 
and cat fur products. Finally, the provision would also close 
an exception to the Fur Products Labeling Act necessary to 
ensure that potential consumers are fully informed regarding 
the content of fur products and to ensure the effective 
enforcement of the ban.

Reason for change

    This provision responds to substantial evidence that 
products made with dog and cat fur are being imported into and 
sold in the United States and that these products are often 
deceptively labeled to prevent consumers, as well as retailers 
and importers, from ascertaining the true content of the fur 
contained in the products they purchase in the United States. 
The available evidence suggests that producers of dog and cat 
fur products house, transport, and slaughter these dogs and 
cats for their fur in inhumane ways.
    This provision seeks to discourage these inhumane 
practices, and the development of any domestic market for dog 
and cat fur products, by prohibiting importation and 
exportation, as well as the domestic manufacture and marketing, 
of dog and cat fur products. The provision authorizes both 
civil and criminal penalties for violations of the law. Due to 
the difficulty the U.S. Customs Service has experienced in 
enforcing similar provisions of the customs laws, such as 
section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930 relating to prison labor, 
the provision adds certain additional enforcement tools to 
assist the Secretary of the Treasury in his or her enforcement 
efforts. The provision also provides for continuing 
congressional oversight and involvement in that enforcement 
effort by requiring the Secretary to prepare an initial 
enforcement plan and to report annually to Congress on his or 
her enforcement efforts.

                  Chapter 4--Miscellaneous Provisions


ALTERNATIVE MID-POINT INTEREST ACCOUNTING METHODOLOGY FOR UNDERPAYMENT 
                     OF DUTIES AND FEES (SEC. 1451)

Present law

    Under current law, the discretionary authority for the 
Secretary of the Treasury to prescribe alternative mid-point 
interest accounting methodology used by importers terminates on 
the date on which the ``Revised National Customs Automation 
Test Regarding Reconciliation'' of the Customs Service 
terminates, or on October 1, 2000, whichever occurs earlier.

Explanation of provision

    This provision makes permanent the authority of the 
Secretary of the Treasury to prescribe alternative mid-point 
interest accounting methodology used by importers.

Reason for change

    This provision provides the Secretary of the Treasury and 
importers with certainty regarding accounting methodology 
relating to mid-point interest.

 EXCEPTION FROM MAKING REPORT OF ARRIVAL AND FORMAL ENTRY FOR CERTAIN 
                          VESSELS (SEC. 1452)

Present law

    U.S. Customs regulations applicable to section 434 of the 
Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1434) requires operators of 
American flag ships carrying in-bond cargo between U.S. ports 
to report and enter the vessels with U.S. Customs between 
domestic ports. In addition, section 434 requires making formal 
entry for a vessel anchored at Belle Isle Anchorage, Port of 
Detroit, Michigan, awaiting availability of cargo or for taking 
on a pilot or awaiting pilot services, prior to proceeding to 
the Port of Toledo-Sandusky, Ohio.

Explanation of provision

    This provision adds a seventh exception to the list of six 
existing exceptions from making formal entry for a vessel 
transporting bonded cargo, and for a vessel required to anchor 
at Belle Isle Anchorage, Port of Detroit, Michigan, while 
awaiting the availability of cargo or for the purpose of taking 
on a pilot or awaiting pilot services, prior to proceeding to 
the Port of Toledo-Sandusky, Ohio.

Reason for change

    This provision would eliminate the burden of requiring a 
vessel carrying bonded merchandise to make entry of the vessel 
between domestic ports. The provision would also eliminate the 
burden of a vessel making entry at Port of Detroit, Michigan 
and again at the port of Toledo, Ohio, for a vessel anchored at 
Port of Detroit, Michigan, while awaiting the availability of 
cargo or for the purpose of taking on a pilot or awaiting pilot 
services, prior to proceeding to the Port of Toledo, Ohio.

DESIGNATION OF SAN ANTONIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FOR CUSTOMS PROCESSING 
 OF CERTAIN PRIVATE AIRCRAFT ARRIVING IN THE UNITED STATES (SEC. 1453)

Present law

    Private aircraft are not permitted to land at San Antonio 
International Airport, Texas. Such aircraft may land in Texas 
cities as Beaumont, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Del Rio, Eagle 
Pass, El Paso, Houston, Laredo, McAllen, Presidio and Midland, 
which have been designated as entry points for the U.S. Customs 
service processing of private aircraft 19 CFR subpart C, Part 
122.24).

Explanation of provision

    This provision would designate the San Antonio 
International Airport in San Antonio, Texas, for a period of 
two years, as an airport at which private aircraft arriving in 
the United States from a foreign area and having a final 
destination in the United States may land for processing by the 
Customs Service in accordance with section 122.24(b) of title 
19, Code of Federal Regulations (19 C.F.R. 122.24(b)). This 
provision also requires the Commissioner of Customs to prepare 
and submit to Congress a report on the implementation of this 
section for 2001 and 2002.

Reason for change

    San Antonio is a growing international business development 
area, in large part due to increased trade with Mexico. 
Permitting private aircrafts to land there as a point of entry 
to the United States is vital to the continued success of the 
city's economic growth. At the same time, the Committee 
recognizes the need to evaluate new points of entry, and, 
therefore, setting a 2-year limit allows Customs to review the 
impact of this added designation.

           INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL MERCHANDISE (ITM) (SEC. 1454)

Present law

    Section 555 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1555) 
provides for the storage of International Travel Merchandise 
(ITM) in a customs bonded warehouse (CBW). Industry practice 
has been to shuttle carts, containing merchandise subject to 
sale aboard an aircraft outside the United States, between the 
plane and a U.S.-based CBW for purposes of replenishment. 
Technically, the law requires that merchandise arriving at a 
CBW be entered for warehouse and then withdrawn as it leaves 
the CBW, which permits manipulation of the merchandise within 
the CBW (replenishing depleted stock, removing outdated or 
damaged stock, and replacing with new goods), while providing 
assurance that bonded merchandise is fully accounted to 
Customs.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend section 555 of the Tariff Act of 
1930 (19 U.S.C. 1555) by adding a new subsection to clarify 
existing law relating to bonded warehouse storage of 
international travel merchandise (ITM). This provision would 
codify current practice where only merchandise that is taken 
from the cart (in order to retire it from stock) is entered and 
only merchandise that is used to replenish the cart is 
withdrawn, while keeping in place safeguards for Customs to 
ensure accountability of bonded merchandise.

Reason for change

    A cart is usually shuttled to the CBW for replenishment of 
only a small amount of stock. However, under current law, the 
contents of the entire cart must be entered and then withdrawn, 
even though only a small amount of merchandise is actually 
being added to the cart. This process of entry and immediate 
withdrawal of a cart's residual stock must take place thousands 
of times a day throughout the United States, producing reams of 
entry and withdrawal documents and creating paperwork that 
burdens the CBW operator and impedes Customs' ability to manage 
the process.
    Industry practice has been to maintain a secure area 
immediately outside the CBW where stock is manipulated: only 
merchandise that is taken from the cart (in order to retire it 
from stock) is entered and only merchandise that is used to 
replenish the cart is withdrawn. This reduces the volume of 
entry and withdrawal documents substantially. This provision 
would permit this savings, while keeping in place safeguards 
for Customs to ensure accountability of bonded merchandise.

   CHANGE IN RATE OF DUTY OF GOODS RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES BY 
                         TRAVELERS (SEC. 1455)

Present law

    Currently, U.S. residents traveling abroad are entitled to 
$400 duty free allowance upon their return to the U.S. for 
purchases made abroad. Purchases for personal and household 
use, accompanying the returning traveler in excess of the $400 
duty free allowance, are subject to flat rate of duty of 10%, 
if the person claiming the benefit has not received the benefit 
within the past thirty days. In addition, non-commercial 
importations from U.S. insular possessions (American Samoa, 
Guam, or the U.S. Virgin Islands) are subject to a 5% rate of 
duty.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter XVI of chapter 98 of 
the HTS to provide staged reductions of duty rates applicable 
to merchandise accompanying persons entering the United States, 
and merchandise from American Samoa, Guam, or the Virgin 
Islands of the United States. Specifically, the proposed 
legislation would provide a staged reduction of the current 10% 
duty-rate applicable to articles accompanying a person arriving 
in the United States. The proposed staged reductions are as 
follows: 5% effective January 1, 2000, 4% effective January 1, 
2001, and 3% effective January 1, 2002. The bill would also 
provide a staged reduction of the current 5% rate of duty for 
articles imported from American Samoa, Guam, or the Virgin 
Islands of the United States. The proposed staged reductions 
are as follows: 3% effective January 1, 2000, 2% effective 
January 1, 2001, and 1.5% effective January 1, 2002.

Reason for change

    Under the North American Free Trade Agreement and the 
Uruguay Round Agreements Act, tariffs on merchandise entering 
the United States have undergone significant staged reductions 
or eliminations. As a result, the average rate for dutiable 
merchandise imported into the United States is now well under 
5%. However, during this time, the rate of duty that Americans 
pay for goods they bring back with them after traveling abroad 
remains disproportionally high at 10%, and the rate of duty for 
goods from American Samoa, Guam, and the Virgin Islands of the 
United States has remained unchanged at 5%. These outdated 
rates have not changed in 12 years, and do not give the 
American travelers the benefit of U.S. trade negotiations and 
duty reductions. This provision would bring the duty rate of 
merchandise accompanying travelers closer to the average rate 
of dutiable merchandise entering the United States, and lower 
the duty rate for merchandise from American Samoa, Guam, and 
the Virgin Islands of the United States.

TREATMENT OF PERSONAL EFFECTS OF PARTICIPANTS IN INTERNATIONAL ATHLETIC 
                           EVENTS (SEC. 1456)

Present law

    Personal effects of participants in, officials of, and 
accredited members of delegations to, international athletic 
events held in the United States not intended for sale or 
distribution in the United States are exempt from duty until 
December 31, 2002.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend subchapter XVII of chapter 98 of 
the HTS by inserting a new heading 9817.60.00 for duty free 
treatment of the personal effects of participants in, officials 
of, and accredited members of delegations to, international 
athletic events, including the paralympics, held in the United 
States provided that these items are not intended for sale or 
distribution in the United States. H.R. 2715 would also exempt 
the articles covered under this provision from taxes and fees 
and would give the Secretary of the Treasury discretion to 
determine which athletic events, articles, and persons are 
covered under this provision.

Reason for change

    The Committee recognizes the importance of international 
athletic events and the tremendous efforts of the athletes and 
participants. Although athletes and other officials connected 
with certain sporting events are currently afforded duty free 
treatment for their personal belongings and equipment under 
current law, such treatment will expire in December 2002. This 
legislation will give athletes and participants of future 
competitions certainty regarding their future duty liability. 
The Customs Service should ensure that this new provision 
causes no delay to preparations that are being undertaken under 
current law for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics and 
Paralympics.

COLLECTION OF FEES FOR CUSTOMS SERVICES FOR ARRIVAL OF CERTAIN FERRIES 
                              (SEC. 1457)

Present law

    Current law prohibits U.S. Customs from collecting fees in 
connection with the arrival of any ferry.

Explanation of provision

    This provision amends section 13031 (b)(1)(A)(iii) of the 
Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (19 
U.S.C. 58c(b)(1)(A)(iii)) to allow for the collection of fees 
for Customs services for the arrival of certain ferries.

Reason for change

    Limitations on certain customs user fees established under 
section 13031 (b)(1)(A)(iii) of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget 
Reconciliation Act of 1985 (19 U.S.C. 58c(b)(1)(A)(iii)) have 
prevented U.S. Customs from issuing landing rights to ferries 
arriving in the south Florida coastal region. This provision 
will authorize U.S. Customs to collect user fees and issue 
landing rights to certain ferries whose operations began on or 
after August 1, 1999, and operate south 27 degrees latitude and 
east of 89 degrees longitude.

 ESTABLISHMENT OF DRAWBACK BASED ON COMMERCIAL INTERCHANGEABILITY FOR 
         CERTAIN RUBBER VULCANIZATION ACCELERATORS (SEC. 1458)

Present law

    Section 313(j)(2) of the Tariff Act of 1930 19 U.S.C. 
section 1313(j)(2) allows exporters to claim substitution 
unused merchandise drawback if the substituted merchandise is 
``commercially interchangeable'' with the imported merchandise. 
The term-commercially interchangeable'' is not defined in the 
statute, and there is uncertainty as to whether the chemicals 
N-cyclohexyl-2-benzothiazolesulfenamide (CBS) and N-tert-Butyl-
2-benzothiazolesulfenamide (TBBS) are commercially 
interchangeable for drawback purposes.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would amend section 313(j)(2) of the Tariff 
Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1313(j)(2)) to provide that chemicals N-
cyclohexyl-2-benzothiazolesulfenamide (CBS) and N-tert-Butyl-2-
benzothiazolesulfenamide TBBS) are commercially interchangeable 
for drawback purposes.

Reason for change

    Based on the legislative history of the amendment to the 
drawback statute, which changed the criteria for substitution 
drawback from a fungibility to a commercially 
interchangeability standard, (H.R. Rept. No. 103 361, 103rd 
Cong., lst Sess. (1993) at 131), the Committee has determined 
that chemicals N-cyclohexyl-2-benzothiazolesulfenamide (CBS) 
and N-tert-Butyl-2-benzothiazolesulfenamide (TBBS) fit the 
commercially interchangeable standard. This determination is 
based on the specific facts regarding these two chemicals: The 
sole active component of each chemical is identical; and when 
used in a finished product, the functionality of both chemicals 
is indistinguishable by the customer and scientist. Both 
chemicals were originally classified within the same tariff 
number but subsequently changed in order to provide 
preferential GSP treatment to one of the chemicals, not for 
reasons relating to their identity of chemical structure by 
molar weight or functionality. In addition, the principal 
customers of both chemicals have stated in writing that both 
chemicals are used for the same purposes--to aid vulcanization 
in the processing of rubber, and that they perform the same 
function, are utilized on the same equipment, and are purchased 
on the market the same relative value.

                      CARGO INSPECTION (SEC. 1459)

Present law

    Section, 58(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 58(b)) 
authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to make Customs 
services available for a fee at certain small airports. Section 
2425 of the Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act 
of 1999 (113 Stat. 127, 181), authorized the Commissioner of 
Customs to establish a fee-for-service pilot program for fiscal 
year 1999 at an international airport located at a seaport that 
serviced more than 185,000 tons of air cargo in 1997. Broward 
County entered into an agreement with U.S. Customs to provide 
24 hour cargo service for one year. That agreement expired in 
September 2000. U.S. Customs currently provides passenger 
clearance service five days per week between the hours of 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m.

Explanation of provision

    This provision authorizes the Commissioner of Customs to 
implement a fee-for-service agreement with Broward County to 
provide customs service for a period of two years, renewable 
thereon an annual basis at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood 
International Airport. This fee for service is for cargo 
processing only, and includes providing the necessary 
infrastructure, and other services for cargo clearance. When 
such services have been provided for at least a period of two 
years on a fee-for-service basis and commercial consumption 
level reaches 29,000 entries per year, Customs will continue to 
provide all such service, and no other charges, other than 
those fees authorized by section 13031(a) of the consolidated 
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (19 U.S.C. 58(b)), 
may be collected for those services.

Reason for change

    The fee-for-service agreement between Broward County and 
U.S. Customs has expired, and Broward County continues to 
require this service. This provision will allow U.S. Customs to 
continue this fee-for-service arrangement for at least two more 
years. The agreement may be renewed, or if after this time, 
consumption level at the airport reaches 29,000 entries per 
year, U.S. Customs will continue to all such service, and no 
other charges, other than those fees authorized by section 
13031(a) of the consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act 
of 1985 (19 U.S.C. 58(b)), may be collected for those services.

 TREATMENT OF CERTAIN MULTIPLE ENTRIES OF MERCHANDISE AS SINGLE ENTRY 
                              (SEC. 1460)

Present law

    Current law requires that the goods be classified in the 
condition as they arrive. This includes large articles, 
particularly machinery, which may not be able to fit on a 
single conveyance, such as a truck or plane. In addition, it is 
common that in air shipments, adjustments are made to the 
amount of cargo laden because of flight conditions. As a result 
of these shipping conditions, parts of entireties do not arrive 
together, which causes classification or entry problems with 
the U.S. Customs Sevice.

Explanation of provision

    This provision will amend section 1484 of title 19 to 
provide authority to U.S. Customs to treat goods purchased and 
invoiced as a single entity and shipped unassembled or 
disassembled in separate shipments over a period of time as a 
single transaction for Customs entry purposes. The provision 
requires importers to request such treatment in advance of 
entry, and also requires the Secretary of the Treasury to issue 
regulations setting forth the information required for this 
type of entry.

Reason for change

    The proposed changes, supported by both importers and the 
Customs Service, are needed to address large shipments that 
cannot be shipped as an entirety.

                REPORT ON CUSTOMS PROCEDURES (SEC. 1461)

Present law

    Currently, the U.S. Customs Service ``entry'' process is 
divided into two parts: ``entry'' and ``entry summary.'' In the 
last fiscal year 21.4 million entries were filed with the U.S. 
Customs Service, more than 98% of them electronically. The 
importer has the option of filing all the data at once or in 
separate transmissions. The Bureau of Census receives data 
electronically from the U.S. Customs Service on a weekly basis 
so that it may be used in compiling the ``Balance of Trade'' 
report.

Explanation of the provision

    The provision requires the Secretary of the Treasury, in 
consultation with U.S. importers and other interested parties, 
to review customs procedures, laws, and regulations relating to 
the entry of merchandise and conveyances into the United 
States, and to report to Congress within 180 days from the 
effective date of this Act, changes that should be made to 
reduce the reporting and record retention requirements.

Reason for change

    The Committee is concerned that the collection of import 
data may be overly time consuming and unnecessarily costly and 
would like to explore a system of periodically reporting the 
data on an aggregate basis. In addition, the Committee wishes 
to examine what data is necessary at time of cargo release in 
order to determine admissibility. It is expected that the study 
will provide the factual basis for evaluation of the current 
statistical collection system and consideration of possible 
changes to it.

              DRAWBACK FOR RECYCLED MATERIALS (SEC. 1462)

Present law

    Under existing current law (19 USC 1313(c)) an importer may 
be eligible for duty drawback (refund of 99% of the import duty 
paid) on products that are returned to the importer and are 
deterinined to be manufacturer defectives. The statutory 
purpose of this provision is to reimburse importers for import 
duties paid on product that is not consumed within U.S. 
commerce. To be eligible for defective product duty drawback, 
the product must either be: completely destroyed to the extent 
that the product has no commercial value; or exported out of 
the United States. The purpose of the destruction or export 
requirement is to ensure that the importer does not benefit 
unfairly by collecting drawback as well as being compensated 
for the resale of the defective product.

Explanation of provision

    This provision expands the definition of ``destruction'' to 
include recycling, which is defined as any act in which 
materials are recovered from the destroyed merchandise.

Reason for change

    This provision will create an economic incentive for 
importers to recycle their defective goods rather than simply 
destroy them.

       PRESERVATION OF CERTAIN REPORTING REQUIREMENTS (SEC. 1463)

Present law

    Section 163 of the Trade Act of 1974 directed the U.S. 
International Trade Commission (ITC) to submit a report to 
Congress at least once a year on the operation of the trade 
agreements program. Section 181 of the Trade Act of 1974, as 
amended, directed the United States Trade Representative (USTR) 
to report annually on foreign trade barriers. These mandates 
were canceled effective May 15, 2000 by section 3003 of the 
Federal Reports Elimination and Sunset Act of 1995, Pub. L. 
104-66, Title III, sec. 3003, 109 Stat. 734.

Explanation of provision

    This provision would direct the ITC to submit to Congress a 
report on the operation of the trade agreements program at 
least once a year and it would also direct USTR to submit to 
Congress an annual report on foreign trade barriers. These 
reports will be submitted notwithstanding section 3003 of the 
Federal Reports Elimination and Sunset Act of 1995 (31 U.S.C. 
1113 note).

Reason for change

    The Committee believes that the ITC's report on the 
Operation of the Trade Agreements Program (also known as ``The 
Year in Trade'') and that the USTR report on foreign trade 
barriers (known as ``The National Trade Estimate Report on 
Foreign Trade Barriers''), provide valuable information to 
Congress as it considers trade policy and legislation. The 
Committee, therefore, believes that these reports should be 
reauthorized.

                       Subtitle C--Effective Date


                       EFFECTIVE DATE (SEC. 1471)

    Except as otherwise provided in this title, the amendments 
made by this title shall apply with respect to goods entered, 
or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption, on or after the 
15th day after the date of enactment of this Act.

                    Title II--Other Trade Provisions


      TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE FOR CERTAIN WORKERS AFFECTED BY 
  ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION AFTER CLOSURE OF A COPPER MINING FACILITY 
                              (SEC. 2001)

Present law

    Title II of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, authorizes 
trade adjustment assistance (TAA) in the form of training and 
income support for workers adversely affected by import 
competition. Under the TAA program, a worker must be certified 
by the Secretary of Labor as eligible for benefits before 
applying for assistance. Workers are not eligible to apply for 
benefits, however, if they become separated from employment 
after the expiration for the 2-year period subsequent to 
issuance of the certification by the Secretary.

Explanation of provision

    The provision provides that workers at a copper mining 
facility in White Pine, Michigan who were employed at the time 
of the original certification and who remained at the facility 
to conduct environmental remediation shall be eligible to apply 
for TAA program benefits, regardless of their date of 
separation.

Reason for change

    The workers at a copper mining facility in White Pine, 
Michigan received TAA certification in 1995 because of 
increased import competition from Canada. The workers were re-
certified in 1997 while the mine continued the process of 
closing. Although the mine ceased operations in 1997, a group 
of workers, employed at the mine at the time the company was 
first certified, will remain through 2001 to complete federally 
mandated environmental remediation. The provision establishes 
TAA eligibility for these workers, notwithstanding the date 
when the mine ceased production.

     Title III--Extension of Nondiscriminatory Treatment to Georgia


 FINDINGS AND TERMINATION OF THE APPLICATION OF TITLE IV OF THE TRADE 
                      ACT OF 1974 (SEC. 3001-3002)

Present law

    Georgia's NTR status is currently governed by Title IV of 
the Trade Act of 1974, as amended by the Customs and Trade Act 
of 1990 (title IV). Section 402 of title IV (also known as the 
Jackson-Vanik amendment) sets forth requirements relating to 
freedom of emigration, which must be met or waived by the 
President in order for the President to grant nondiscriminatory 
normal trade relations (NTR) status to a non-market economy 
country. Title IV also requires that a trade agreement remain 
in force between the United States and a non-market economy 
country receiving NTR status and sets forth minimum provisions 
which must be included in such agreement.
    Georgia, which was granted NTR in 1992, was found to be in 
full compliance with the Jackson-Vanik freedom of emigration 
requirements on June 3, 1997. Since then, NTR has been granted 
to Georgia subject to semiannual review, and potential 
disapproval by a Joint Resolution of Congress.

Explanation of provision

    The Committee recognizes that title IV of the Trade Act of 
1974 has promoted the right to emigrate. Since the dissolution 
of the Soviet Union, minority groups have secured the return of 
communal properties confiscated during the Soviet period, 
thereby facilitating the reemergence of communal organizations 
and participation in domestic affairs. The report on compliance 
with the emigration provisions of title IV, finds that Georgia 
is in compliance with the emigration provisions of title IV. 
The Committee finds that Georgia should be graduated from title 
IV, thereby permitting the extension of permanent normal trade 
relations.
    With respect to national minorities, the Committee notes 
that the member states of the Organization for Security and 
Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), including the former USSR and its 
successor states, have committed to ``adopt, where necessary, 
special measures for the purpose of ensuring to persons 
belonging to national minorities full equality, individually as 
well as in community with other members of their group.''

      Title IV--Grey Market Cigarette Compliance (SEC. 4001-4004)


            AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986

  TECHNICAL CORRECTION TO RULES GOVERNING RE-IMPORTATION OF CIGARETTES

Present Law

    An excise tax equal to 34 cents per pack of 20 cigarettes 
is imposed on cigarettes manufactured, imported, or brought 
into the United States.1 Separate taxes are imposed 
on other tobacco products, including cigars, smokeless tobacco, 
and pipe and roll-your-own tobacco. The taxes do not apply to 
tobacco products that are exported from the United States 
(including removal to Puerto Rico).
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cents per pack of 20 cigarettes. Tax rates on other tobacco products 
will increase proportionately at that time.
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    Tobacco products may be removed without payment of tax from 
domestic manufacturers' premises for export only if the 
packages bear prescribed markings. Present law prohibits the 
reimportation or bringing into the United States 2 
of domestically manufactured tobacco products unless the 
products are returned to the premises of a manufacturer or an 
export warehouse proprietor.
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Explanation of provision

    A technical correction is made to clarify that domestically 
produced cigarettes may be reimported into the United States 
for personal use in quantities that are exempt from tax and 
duty under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule. No amount of tobacco 
products other than the numeric quantities provided for in the 
Tariff Schedule may be re-imported or brought into the United 
States as a personal use quantity. It is, however, the 
expectation of the Committee that the Customs Service will 
permit an individual to relinquish voluntarily a de minimis 
amount of tobacco products in excess of such quantity without 
incurring penalties.
    Effective date.--The technical correction is effective as 
if included in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.

Reasons for change

    This technical correction is made to clarify that 
domestically produced cigarettes may be reimported into the 
United States for personal use in quantities that are exempt 
from tax and duty under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule.

 MODIFICATIONS TO RULES GOVERNING RE-IMPORTATION OF U.S.-MANUFACTURED 
                               CIGARETTES

Present law

    An excise tax equal to 34 cents per pack of 20 cigarettes 
is imposed on cigarettes manufactured, imported, or brought 
into the United States.3 Separate taxes are imposed 
on other tobacco products, including cigars, smokeless tobacco, 
and pipe and roll-your-own tobacco. The taxes do not apply to 
tobacco products that are exported from the United States 
(including removal to Puerto Rico).
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    \3\ Effective January 1, 2002, this tax rate will increase to 39 
cents per pack of 20 cigarettes. Tax rates on other tobacco products 
will increase proportionately at that time.
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    The Treasury Department is authorized to require tobacco 
products destined for export to be packaged in specially marked 
packages to distinguish the products from products for the U.S. 
domestic market. This packaging is a condition of removal from 
the manufacturers' premises without payment of tax. If products 
removed for export are diverted into the U.S. domestic market, 
numerous present law sanctions apply. Any person (including a 
manufacturer, a wholesale distributor, or a retailer) who 
knowingly holds untaxed tobacco products removed for export for 
sale in the U.S. domestic market is subject to civil and/or 
criminal penalties for holding the tobacco products. Such a 
person further is liable as well for the tax (and for penalties 
for failure to pay the tax and to file a return, where 
appropriate). Finally, present law authorizes the Treasury 
Department to seize any export-labeled tobacco products removed 
after December 31, 1999, and found in the U.S. domestic market.
    Present law prohibits the re-importation or bringing into 
the United States of domestically manufactured tobacco products 
unless the cigarettes are returned to the premises of a 
manufacturer or an export warehouse proprietor.4 The 
Treasury Department has defined a manufacturer eligible to 
receive re-imported tobacco products as an entity that 
manufactures domestically at least as many cigarettes as it re-
imports. Further, Treasury regulations require that any re-
imported or brought in tobacco products be re-packaged in 
appropriate domestic market packaging before being removed 
(tax-paid) for sale in the U.S. domestic market. Tobacco 
products that enter the U.S. domestic market in violation of 
these rules are subject to seizure by the Federal Government 
under present law. The Treasury Department administratively 
determines how to dispose of forfeited products.
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Explanation of provision

    The provision codifies present Treasury Department 
regulations on the disposition of domestically produced tobacco 
products that are re-imported or brought into the United States 
and modifies the regulations to limit the disposition of the 
tobacco products to return to the original manufacturer of the 
product or to an export warehouse proprietor authorized by the 
original manufacturer to receive the products. This 
codification includes without change the present Treasury 
regulation requirement that re-imported tobacco products be re-
packaged in appropriate domestic packaging before being removed 
(tax-paid) for sale in the U.S. domestic market.
    The provision also provides that tobacco products that are 
forfeited to the Federal Government under present-law 
provisions must be destroyed (rather than being disposed of in 
any manner administratively determined by the Treasury 
Department).
    The provision expands the application of the special tax 
penalty for re-importing tobacco products to include the sale 
in the U.S. domestic market of tobacco products labeled for 
export (but not actually exported). Thus, this penalty can be 
imposed in addition to the present-law penalties and other 
sanctions that apply to tobacco products that might be removed 
for export, but instead are diverted into the U.S. domestic 
market. The provision also authorizes the Treasury Department 
to seize all export-labeled tobacco products found in the U.S. 
domestic market regardless of the date of removal.
    Finally, the provision directs the Treasury Department to 
report to the Congress on any adverse economic effects that may 
be experienced by export warehouses as a result of the 
provision in the bill which conditions the ability to store re-
imported tobacco products on approval of the warehouse by the 
original manufacturer of the product.
    Effective date.--The provision is effective beginning 90 
days after the date of enactment.

Reasons for change

    The Committee decided to codify the substance of the 
present Treasury Department regulations governing re-
importation of tobacco products and to expand U.S. 
manufacturers' control over products bearing their trademark 
when those products are re-imported or brought back into the 
United States. This codification should preclude any 
manufacturer from receiving these products and marketing them 
in violation of trademark law. Additionally, the Committee 
believes that the appropriate disposition of forfeited tobacco 
products is destruction.

                  AMENDMENTS TO THE TARIFF ACT OF 1930

Present law

    No provision.

Explanation of provision

    This provision creates a new title in the Tariff Act of 
1930 that will impose certain requirements on imports of 
cigarettes.
    First, the original manufacturer of the cigarettes being 
imported into the United States must certify that it has timely 
submitted, or will timely submit, to the Secretary of Health 
and Human Services the lists of ingredients described in 
section 7 of the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act 
(FCLAA). All importers of cigarettes brought into the United 
States (like U.S. manufacturers of domestically sold 
cigarettes) must currently file an ingredients list. This 103 
provision will simply require importers to provide 
certification that they are, or will be, in compliance with 
this existing requirement.
    Second, the warning statements specified in section 4 of 
the FCLAA must be permanently imprinted on the cigarette 
packaging. Currently, the Federal Trade Commission has allowed 
importers, under certain circumstances, to comply with the 
requirements of FCLAA by affixing adhesive labels with 
compliant warning statements, rather than requiring this 
information be permanently imprinted on the packaging, thus 
allowing the importation of cigarettes not intended for sale in 
this country.
    Third, the importer must certify that it is in compliance 
with a rotation plan approved by the Federal Trade Commission 
pursuant to section 4(c) of the FCLAA. Under current law, the 
FTC is authorized to grant certain waivers to the rotation plan 
requirements specified in section 4(c)(1) of FCLAA. This 
provision does not alter the FTC's authority to continue to 
grant such waivers.
    Fourth, if the cigarettes bear a United States trademark 
registered for such cigarettes, the owner of such trademark, or 
such owner's authorized representative, must consent to the 
importation of such cigarettes into the United States. The gray 
market restriction provisions of this bill are crafted for the 
special circumstances of tobacco.
    The provision also includes certain exemptions to the above 
requirements. These exemptions relate to cigarettes imported in 
personal use quantities, as well as those imported for 
analysis, noncommercial use, reexport or repackaging. With 
respect to personal use, this provision makes clear that 
foreign produced cigarettes may be imported into the United 
States for personal use in quantities that are exempt from tax 
and duty under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule. No amount of 
tobacco products other than the numeric quantities provided for 
in the Tariff Schedule may imported as a personal use quantity. 
It is, however, the expectation of the Committee that the 
Customs Service will permit an individual to relinquish 
voluntarily a de minimis amount of tobacco products in excess 
of such quantity without incurring penalties.
    The penalties available for failure to satisfy the 
provision of section 802 include certain civil penalties and 
forfeiture of any tobacco products, cigarette paper or tube 
that is seized.
    Effective date.--The provision is effective upon enactment.

Reasons for change

    The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA `97) imposed 
restrictions on the reimportation of export-label cigarettes 
manufactured in the United States. This provision was intended 
to prevent the evasion of federal excise taxes and assist the 
States in implementing the goals the tobacco settlement 
agreements then in place between certain States (Florida and 
Mississippi) and cigarette manufacturers. BBA `97, however, did 
not impose any restrictions on the importation of cigarettes 
manufactured abroad that bear the trademark of a product 
manufactured in the United States and which are diverted from 
foreign markets for sale in the United States, so-called ``gray 
market'' cigarettes.
    There is great concern that imports of gray market 
cigarettes have increased dramatically since the Master 
Settlement Agreement was reached, thereby displacing sales of 
domestically manufactured cigarettes bearing the same 
trademark. This is of concern to the Committee because such 
cigarettes may not fully comply with U.S. health and safety 
standards. It is also a concern because the foreign 
manufactured cigarettes are not counted in the formulae used to 
calculate payments that the tobacco companies are required to 
make under the tobacco settlement agreements, including the 
Master Settlement Agreement, individual State settlements and 
the Phase II Agreement between tobacco manufacturers and U.S. 
tobacco farmers and quota holders.
    The Committee has been advised by members of the National 
Association of Attorneys General that certain importers, in 
connection with their importation of gray-market cigarettes 
into the United States, have been evading and circumventing the 
requirements of the warning label and ingredient disclosure 
requirements of the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising 
Act (FCLAA). Because multiple federal agencies have 
jurisdiction over the varying elements of the FCLAA health and 
safety provisions, existing law is inadequate to detect in a 
timely manner fraudulent submissions or to audit compliance by 
importers.
    The Committee finds that the requirements of section 4004 
for the entry into the United States of cigarettes, whether 
manufactured domestically or abroad, are necessary to ensure 
compliance with the critical health and safety provisions of 
FCLAA, and are largely the same as the requirements for 
domestically manufactured cigarettes. Certain certifications 
are not required with respect to cigarettes manufactured within 
the United States, that are intended for and remain in this 
country for sale, because the appropriate federal agencies have 
complete jurisdiction over the manufacturers and distributors 
of such products. However, law enforcement agencies do not have 
the same scope of authority to investigate potential violations 
by foreign manufacturers and importers.
    For example, the Department of Justice has authority to 
enforce the criminal penalty in FCLAA, 15 U.S.C. Sec. 1338, 
applicable to both the warning label and ingredient disclosure 
requirements of that Act. In conducting an investigation of a 
FCLAA violation, the Department of Justice would have full 
authority to obtain relevant documents and gain entry into 
domestic manufacturing and distribution facilities, including 
through compulsory process. However, if the alleged violation 
of FCLAA is by an importer, the Department of Justice, because 
of the limits of its territorial power, could not gain access 
through compulsory process to the importer's foreign 
facilities, nor could the Department compel the production of 
documents in the hands of a foreign manufacturer that is 
unrelated to the importer of the product.
    Similarly, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which, along 
with the Department of Justice, enforces compliance with the 
warning label regime contained in FCLAA, has authority under 
the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. Sec. 41, et seq, to 
require the production of corporate information and documents, 
to review manufacturing records, and to require compliance 
reports from manufacturers. However, the FTC's authority to 
conduct investigations through compulsory process also is 
limited by the scope of its territorial authority. In light of 
these enforcement limitations, the certification requirements 
of section 4004 provide additional enforcement tools to ensure 
compliance with domestic health and safety laws.
    Requiring the U.S. trademark holder to consent to the 
importation of such cigarettes is necessary to ensure full 
compliance with the restrictions applicable to the unique 
circumstances of gray market cigarettes. The Committee believes 
that the consent of the trademark holder is essential because 
these parties have the greatest incentive to monitor imports of 
cigarettes bearing their trademark and because any complicity 
by the trademark holder in this trade can be addressed more 
easily in the courts. It is the expectation and intent of the 
Committee that this requirement will not inhibit the 
importation of any legitimately traded cigarettes. In the 
Committee's view, the unique nature of tobacco products and the 
importance of the States' tobacco settlement agreements fully 
justify the use of U.S. trademarks in this manner. In this 
regard, however, it should be noted that the gray market 
restriction provisions of this bill are crafted for the special 
circumstances of tobacco. This provision, however, is not 
intended to alter current policies with regard to other gray-
market goods.
    It is the Committee's understanding that there is 
litigation currently pending regarding the constitutionality of 
the Master Settlement Agreement. Nothing in this legislation or 
in this report shall be construed as validating or invalidating 
the constitutionality of the MSA.

                        III. VOTES OF COMMITTEE

    In compliance with section 133 of the Legislative 
Reorganization Act of 1946, the Committee states that H.R. 
4868, as amended, was ordered favorably reported with a quorum 
present by voice vote on September 19.

                        IV. CONGRESSIONAL ACTION

    On June 1, 2000, Chairman Roth requested public comment on 
a package of technical corrections, temporary duty suspensions 
or reductions and other miscellaneous trade proposals 
introduced during the 106th Congress and referred to the 
Committee on Finance. H.R. 4868, as amended, includes many of 
these bills which, based upon the comments submitted to the 
Committee on Finance by the public, the U.S. Customs Service, 
the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade 
Commission (ITC), the United States Trade Representative and 
other agencies, the Committee has found to be non-
controversial. H.R. 4868, as amended, was ordered favorably 
reported by the Committee, with a quorum present, by voice 
vote, on September 19, 2000.

                          V. BUDGETARY IMPACT

    In compliance with sections 308 and 403 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974, and paragraph 11(a) and (b) 
of rule XXVI of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and section 
423 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4) 
the following letter has been received from the Congressional 
Budget Office on the budgetary and regulatory impact of the 
legislation:

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                   Washington, DC, October 4, 2000.
Hon. William V. Roth, Jr.,
Chairman, Committee on Finance,
U.S. Senate, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 4868, the 
Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 2000.
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will he 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Erin 
Whitaker.
            Sincerely,
                                          Barry B. Anderson
                                    (For Dan L. Crippen, Director.)
    Enclosure.

               CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE COST ESTIMATE

H.R. 4868--Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 2000

    Summary: H.R. 4869 would make technical corrections and 
miscellaneous amendments to certain trade laws. CBO estimates 
that each of the provisions in the act that would affect rates 
of duty would reduce governmental receipts (revenues) by less 
than $500,000 each year. Each of the provisions that would 
affect direct spending would increase such spending by less 
than $500,000 each year. Other provisions in the act that would 
alter treatment for certain products relative to current trade 
law would reduce receipts by $15 million in 2001, by $38 
million over the 2001-2005 period, and by $73 trillion over the 
2001-2010 period. Because H.R. 4868 would affect direct 
spending and receipts, pay-as-you-go procedures would apply.
    H.R. 4868 contains no intergovernmental mandates as defined 
in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) and would not affect 
the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments, H.R. 4868 
would impose private-sector mandates on persons engaged in 
business activities involving products that contain cat or dog 
fur and persons engaged in the importation of certain foreign 
produced cigarettes. CBO estimates that the direct, costs of 
those mandates would not exceed the annual threshold for 
private-sector mandate established by UMRA ($109 million in 
2000, adjusted annually for inflation).
    Estimated cost to the Federal Government: The estimated 
budgetary impact of H.R. 4868 is shown in the following table. 
The act would reduce federal revenues and would increase 
federal spending slightly in budget functions 750 
(administration of justice) and 600 (income security).

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                                               CHANGES IN REVENVES

Duty suspensions and reductions....................................    (\1\)    (\1\)    (\1\)    (\1\)    (\1\)
Refunds of customs duties..........................................      -10        0        0        0        0
Treament of certain imported goods.................................    (\1\)    (\1\)    (\1\)    (\1\)    (\1\)
Extension of PNTR0 \2\ to Georgia..................................    (\1\)    (\1\)    (\1\)    (\1\)    (\1\)
Imports and exports of certain cigarettes..........................       -5       -5       -6       -6       -6
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      Total changes in revenues....................................      -15       -5       -6       -6       -6

                                       CHANGES IN DIRECT SPENDING OUTLAYS

Customs fees.......................................................    (\1\)    (\1\)    (\1\)    (\1\)    (\1\)
Trade adjustment assistance........................................    (\1\)    (\1\)    (\1\)    (\1\)    (\1\)
      Total changes in direct spending.............................    (\1\)    (\1\)    (\1\)    (\1\)    (\1\)
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 \1\ Less than $500.000
\2\ Permanent normal trade relations.

Basis of Estimate

            Revenues
    Title I would make various changes to certain trade laws. 
Subtitle A would create or extend temporary duty suspensions or 
reductions on certain intermediary products and chemicals 
imported into the United States. CBO estimates that each of 
these provisions would reduce government revenues by less than 
$500,000 each year, net of income and payroll tax offsets. 
Subtitle B would provide for refunds of customs duties paid on 
certain imported products, CBO estimates that the majority of 
these provisions would reduce government revenues by less than 
$500,000 each year, net of income and payroll tax offsets.
    One provision of subtitle B would provide for the refund of 
customs duties paid on certain athletic shoes. Based on 
information from the U.S. Customs Service, CBO estimates that 
this provision would reduce government revenues by $9 million 
in 2001, net of income and payroll tax offsets, with no 
additional reductions over the 2002-2010 period. Certain other 
provisions of subtitle B would provide for the refund of 
customs duties paid on certain entries of tomato sauce 
preparation. Based on information from the Customs Service, CBO 
estimates that these provisions would reduce government 
revenues by $2 million in 2001, net of income and payroll tax 
offsets, with no additional reductions over the 2002-2010 
period.
    In addition, title I would alter treatmennt of certain 
imported goods in several ways. It would prohibit the 
importation of products made with cat and dog fur, would allow 
refunds of customs duties for certain imported products that 
are then recycled, and exempt the personal effects of 
participants in international athletic events from any customs 
duties. CBO estimates that each of these provisions would 
reduce government revenues by less than $500,000 each year, 
net, of income and payroll tax offsets. This estimate is based 
on information from the International Trade Commission, the 
U.S. Customs Service, and various other trade sources.
    Title III would allow the President to grant permanent 
normal trade relations (PNTR) to Georgia. Georgia has been 
found to be in full compliance with the Jackson-Vanik freedom 
of emigration requirements and has been granted normal trade 
relations (NTR), subject to a semiannual review and disapproval 
by a joint resolution of Congress. Without PNTR, the United 
States could not trade with Georgia under the World Trade 
Organization (WTO). Because Georgia acceded to the WTO on June 
14, 2000, revenues could increase due to less restrictive 
quotas on textiles and apparel once PNTR was established. 
However, CBO estimates any such duties would be negligible.
    Title IV would impose restrictions on exports and imports 
of certain categories of cigarettes. It would require that all 
imported cigarettes comply with requirements detailing their 
ingredients, as well as certain labeling and trademark 
requirements. Based on information from the Federal Trade 
Commission, the International Trade Commission, the Joint 
Committee on Taxation, and various other sources, CBO estimates 
that this provision would reduce revenues by $5 million in 
2001, by $29 million over the 2001-2005 period, and by $63 
million over the 2001-2010 period.
            Direct Spending
    Title I would authorize the Customs Service to collect fees 
for the arrival of ferries and to establish a fee-for-service 
agreement to provide certain services at the Fort Lauderdale-
Hollywood International Airport. The Customs Service is 
authorized to spend these fees without further appropriations 
action, so CBO estimates that the net impact of these 
provisions would be less than $500,000 in each year.
    Title II would make a small number of workers eligible to 
receive trade adjustment assistance benefits. These workers 
were originally authorized to receive benefits under 
certification number TA-W-31,402 but did not lose their jobs 
right away. Under current law, these
    workers have a limited time after the petition for 
certification is accepted in which to apply for these benefits. 
The act would remove any limitation on the period during which 
benefits could be received. CBO estimates that providing trade 
adjustment assistance benefits to these workers would cost less 
than $200,000 over the 2001-2010 period.
    Pay-as-you-go considerations: The Balanced Budget and 
Emergency Deficit Control Act sets up procedures for 
legislation affecting receipts or direct spending. The net 
changes in outlays and govemmental receipts that are subject to 
pay-as-you-go procedures are shown in the following table. (The 
outlay effects would total less than $500,000 a year.) For the 
purposes of enforcing pay-as-you-go procedures, only the 
effects in the budget year and the succeeding four years are 
counted.

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                                                                    2001         2002         2003         2004         2005         2006         2007         2008         2009         2010
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Changes in receipts...........................................          -15           -5           -6           -6           -6           -6           -7           -7           -7           -8
Changes in outlays............................................            0            0            0            0            0            0            0            0            0            0
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    Estimated impact on State, local, and tribal governments: 
H.R. 4868 contains no intergovernmental mandates as defined in 
UMRA and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or 
tribal governments,
    Estimated impact on the private sector: H.R. 4868 would 
impose private-sector mandates on persons engaged in business 
activities involving products that contain cat or dog fur and 
persons engaged in the importation of certain foreign produced 
cigarettes, CBO estimates that the direct costs of those 
mandates would not exceed the annual threshold for private-
sector mandates established by UMRA ($109 million in 2000, 
adjusted annually for inflation).
    First, the act would impose a mandate by prohibiting all 
commercial activities occurring in the United States that 
involve products made with cat or dog fur. Such activities 
include the importing, exporting, merchandising, and 
transporting of these goods. According to the Humane Society, 
within the United States there is no manufacture of products 
fabricated of dog and cat fur. Currently, the Department of 
Commerce classifies products made of cat and dog fur into 
categories with goods made of certain other animal skins. In 
1999, the United States imported and exported $36 million worth 
of products within these categories. Since products made with 
cat and dog fur represent a fraction of these values, the 
direct cost of complying with this mandate measured in lost net 
income would fall well below the annual threshold established 
by UMRA.
    Second, the act would impose a mandate by prohibiting the 
importation of certain foreign-produced cigarettes. According 
to the International Trade Commission, the United States 
imported $106 million worth of cigarettes in 1999. 
Historically, the foreign-source cigarettes that would be 
Prohibited account for no more than 16 percent of the total 
value of imported cigarettes, based on information provided by 
a tobacco company representative and the Florida Attorney 
General's Office. Moreover, the income of persons or business 
engaged in importing such cigarettes would be a fraction of 
those values. Consequently, CBO estimates that the direct cost 
of complying with this mandate would fall well below the annual 
threshold established by UMRA.
    Previous CBO estimate: On July 25, 2000, CBO transmitted a 
cost estimate of H.R. 4868 as ordered reported by the House 
Committee on Ways and Means on July 19, 2000. This estimate 
reflects the addition of several provisions to the House 
version of H.R. 4868, particularly those provisions dealing 
with the refund of customs duties on certain athletic shoes and 
with the restrictions on exports and imports of certain 
cigarettes. These changes would further reduce revenues, 
relative to the House version of H.R. 4868, by $15 million in 
2001, by $38 million over the 2001-2005 period, and by $73 
million over the 2001-2010 period.
    Estimate prepared by: Revenues: Erin Whitaker; customs 
fees: Mark Graowicz, trade adjustment assistance: Paul 
Cullinan; impact on State, local, and tribal governments: Leo 
Lex; impact on the private sector: Paige Piper/Bach.
    Estimate approved by: G. Thomas Woodward, Assistant Direct 
for Tax Analysis, and Peter H. Fontaine, Deputy Assistant 
Director for Budget Analysis.

       VI. CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW MADE BY THE BILL, AS REPORTED

    In the opinion of the Committee, it is necessary, in order 
to expedite the business of the Senate, to dispense with the 
requirements of paragraph 12 of Rule XXVI of the Standing Rules 
of the Senate (relating to the showing of changes in existing 
law made by the bill as reported by the Committee).