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to furnish the baggage card described in section 18.14 of this chapter for attachment to the baggage before being allowed to proceed. At the port of exit from the United States the joint in-transit baggage card shall be allowed to remain on the baggage.

(Sec. 553, 46 Stat. 742, as amended; 19 U.S.C. 1553)

123.65 Domestic baggage transiting Canada or Mexico between ports in the United States.

(a) General Provision. Upon request of the carrier, checked baggage of domestic origin may be transported from one port in the United States to another Canada or through Mexico in accord with the procedure set forth in this section. The provisions of this section shall not apply to domestic hand baggage crossing Canada or Mexico which, upon reentry into the United States, shall be examined in the same manner as baggage of foreign origin.

(b) Special in-transit tag manifest. The carrier shall complete and attach to each piece of baggage by wire or cord under Customs supervision a special intransit tag manifest furnished by the carrier as follows:

(1) Baggage transiting Mexico. For baggage of domestic origin to be transported through Mexico between ports of the United States, the special intransit tag manifest attached to each piece of baggage shall be on white cardboard not less than 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches in size printed in substantially the following form:

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(2) Baggage transiting Canada. For baggage of domestic origin to be transported through Canada between ports in the United States, the joint United States-- Canada in-transit baggage card, Customs Form 7524, Canada A-21, shall be used as the special in-transit tag manifest attached to each piece of baggage. (c) Removal of special in-transit tag manifest. The special in-transit tag manifest shall be removed only by the Customs officer at the final port of reentry into the United States. If the officer finds the special in-transit tag manifest missing or not intact, or for any other reason believes that the baggage has been tampered with while outside the United States, he shall detain it for examination. Otherwise, baggage transported under the procedure in this section may be passed without examination.


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(d) Procedure in lieu of special in-transit tag manifest. In lieu of attaching the special in-transit tag manifest to each piece of baggage as set forth in paragraph (b) of this section, baggage of domestic origin may be forwarded in a car or compartment sealed with in-transit seals and manifested as in the case of other merchandise in transit through Canada or Mexico, as provided in subpart C of this part.


123.71 Merchandise found in building on the boundary.

When any merchandise on which the duty has not been paid or which was imported contrary to law is found in any building upon or within 10 feet of the boundary line between the United States and Canada or Mexico, such merchandise shall be seized and a report of the facts shall be made to the Commissioner. With his approval, the building or that portion thereof which is within the United States shall be taken down or removed. The provisions of Subpart B of Part 162 of this chapter shall be applicable to the search of any such building. (Sec. 595, 46 Stat. 752; 19 U.S.C. 1595)

123.72 Treatment of stolen vehicles returned from Mexico.

District directors shall admit without entry and payment of duty allegedly stolen or embezzled vehicles, trailers, airplanes, or component parts of any of them, under the provisions of Executive Order 7965, dated August 29, 1938 (T.D. 49851), if accompanied by a letter from the United States Embassy in Mexico City containing:

(a) A statement that the Embassy is satisfied from information furnished it that the property is stolen property being returned to the United States under the provisions of the convention between the United States and Mexico concluded October 6, 1936, and (b) An adequate description of the property for identification purposes.


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Authority: R.S. 251, as amended, secs. 565, 624, 46 Stat. 747, as amended, 759; 19 U.S.C. 66, 1565, 1624. Additional authority and statutes interpreted or applied are cited in parentheses following the sections affected.

125.0 Scope.

This part is concerned with cartage and lighterage of merchandise and the TD 73-140, duties and liabilities of cartmen and lightermen. Provisions for licensing cartmen and lightermen are in Part 112 of this chapter.

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(a) Government cartage. Government cartage must be done by a licensed customhouse cartman under contract or other specific authority for that purpose (except as provided for in section 125.12).

(b) Importers' cartage. Importers' cartage may be done by any licensed customhouse cartman.

125.2 Supervision of cartage and lighterage.

All licensed vehicles or lighters shall be subject to the control and direction of the officer having charge of the merchandise being carried.

125.3 Contracts for Government cartage.

Contracts for Government cartage shall be procured by formally advertised solicitation for bids and award of contract or by negotiation in accordance with the appropriate provisions of the Federal Procurement Regulations, as supplemented by the special procurement requirements of the Bureau of Customs.



Cartage for examination in public stores.

(a) Government cartage. The cartage of merchandise in Customs custody designated for examination at the public stores shall be done by a licensed customhouse cartman under contract or other specific authority for that purpose.


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