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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL
COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS,
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, DC, March 25, 1991. Hon. Dan ROSTENKOWSKI, Chairman, Committee on Ways and Means, House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: In 1987, the Committee first published a resource document entitled “Overview and Compilation of U.S. Trade Statutes” for use by Committee Members and interested parties in the international trade community. This document was unique in that it contained not only an overview of the operation of foreign trade statutes, but also an up-to-date statutory text of such laws, which integrated numerous separate acts of Congress into a single statutory compilation. This document was so well received by Members of Congress, Congressional staff, government officials, the international trade community and the general public that an updated version was published in 1989.
In view of the fact that there have been several important changes in various trade statutes since the publication of the 1989 edition, the staff has now prepared an updated and expanded version of this document which includes all statutory provisions enacted through the 101st Congress. In addition to the description and text of statutory provisions contained in earlier editions, this edition contains a comprehensive analysis of U.S. trade and international economic performance during the last decade. Consequently, the document's title has been changed to "Overview and Compilation of U.S. Trade Statutes, Including Economic Data.”
As was the case with the original version, the statutory authorities selected are the major provisions of Federal law which are directly related to the conduct of U.S. international trade. The compilation is not meant to be a comprehensive treatise of every traderelated law or program, nor does it cover provisions to regulate domestic commerce. The laws and programs which are within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Ways and Means are the main focus of this document, and are discussed in the greatest detail. In addition, some of the laws and programs described may be within the jurisdiction of other committees of the House of Representatives. These provisions are included in order to provide a complete survey of the principal trade authorities.
The document has been prepared by the Committee's trade staff with assistance from the Congressional Research Service and various Government agencies, to which the staff extends its most sincere thanks.
Any suggestions on how to improve this document as a reference tool in subsequent editions of this publication are always welcome. Sincerely yours,
ROBERT J. LEONARD, Chief Counsel and Staff Director.
4. Products of U.S. insular possessions (General note 3(a)(iv)).
C. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)....
Title V of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended
General Note 3(cxii) of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule
D. Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI).
Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act, as amended.
Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Expansion Act of 1990
Section 423 of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, as amended (treatment of
imports of ethyl alcohol)..
General note 3(c)(vXA) of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule
E. Customs valuation (Section 402 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended)..
F. Customs user fees
Section 13031 of the Consolidated Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985,
Section 236 of the Trade and Tariff Act of 1984, as amended
Section 1893(cX2), (3), (f), and (g) of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, as
G. Other customs laws..
1. Country of origin marking
Section 304 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended
Section 1907(b) and (c) of the Omnibus Trade and Competitive-
ness Act of 1988..
2. Drawback (Section 313 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended).
3. Copyrights and trademark enforcement.
Section 101 of the Copyright Revision Act of 1976..
Section 526 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended
4. Penalties (Section 592 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended).
5. Commercial operations ......