19 CFR 4.94 - Yacht privileges and obligations.

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§ 4.94 Yacht privileges and obligations.
(a) Any documented vessel with a pleasure license endorsement, as well as any undocumented American pleasure vessel, shall be used exclusively for pleasure and shall not transport merchandise nor carry passengers for pay. Such a vessel which is not engaged in any trade nor in any way violating the Customs or navigation laws of the U.S. may proceed from port to port in the U.S. or to foreign ports without clearing and is not subject to entry upon its arrival in a port of the U.S., provided it has not visited a hovering vessel, received merchandise while in the customs waters beyond the territorial sea, or received merchandise while on the high seas. Such a vessel shall immediately report arrival to Customs when arriving in any port or place within the U.S., including the U.S. Virgin Islands, from a foreign port or place.
(b) A cruising license may be issued to a yacht of a foreign country only if it has been made to appear to the satisfaction of the Secretary of the Treasury that yachts of the United States are allowed to arrive at and depart from ports in such foreign country and to cruise in the waters of such ports without entering or clearing at the customhouse thereof and without the payment of any charges for entering or clearing, dues, duty per ton, tonnage, taxes, or charges for cruising licenses. It has been made to appear to the satisfaction of the Secretary of the Treasury that yachts of the United States are granted such privileges in the following countries:
Argentina Australia Austria Bahama Islands Belgium Bermuda Canada Denmark Finland France Germany, Federal Republic of Greece Honduras Ireland Italy Jamaica Liberia Marshall Islands Netherlands New Zealand Norway Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom and the Dependencies: the Anguilla Islands, the Isle of Man, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands
(c) In order to obtain a cruising license for a yacht of any country listed in paragraph (b) of this section, there shall be filed with the port director an application therefor executed by either the yacht owner or the master which shall set forth the owner's name and address and identify the vessel by flag, rig, name, and such other matters as are usually descriptive of a vessel. The application shall also include a description of the waters in which the yacht will cruise, and a statement of the probable time it will remain in such waters. Upon approval of the application, the port director will issue a cruising license in the form prescribed by paragraph (d) of this section permitting the yacht, for a stated period not to exceed one year, to arrive and depart from the United States and to cruise in specified waters of the United States without entering and clearing, without filing manifests and obtaining or delivering permits to proceed, and without the payment of entrance and clearance fees, or fees for receiving manifests and granting permits to proceed, duty on tonnage, tonnage tax, or light money. The license shall be granted subject to the condition that the vessel shall not engage in trade or violate the laws of the United States in any respect. Upon the vessel's arrival at any port or place within the U.S. or the U.S. Virgin Islands, the master shall comply with 19 U.S.C. 1433 by immediately reporting arrival at the nearest Customs facility or other place designated by the port director. Individuals shall remain on board until directed otherwise by the appropriate Customs officer, as provided in 19 U.S.C. 1459.
(d) Cruising licenses shall be in the following form:
License To Cruise in the Waters of the United States
To Port Directors:
For a period of ____ from ____(Date) the ____(Flag) ____ (Rig) yacht ____(Name) belonging to ________ of (Owner's name) ________(Address) shall be permitted to arrive at and depart from the United States and to cruise in the waters of the Customs port of
(Name of port or ports)
without entering and clearing, without filing manifests and obtaining or delivering permits to proceed, and without the payment of entry and clearance fees, or fees for receiving manifests and granting permits to proceed, duty on tonnage, tonnage tax, or light money.
This license is granted subject to the condition that the yacht named herein shall not engage in trade or violate the laws of the United States in any respect. Upon arrival at each port or place in the United States, the master shall report the fact of arrival to the Customs officer at the nearest customhouse. Such report shall be immediately made.
Issued this _____ day of _______, 19__
(Port Director of Customs)
Warning: This vessel is dutiable:
(1) If owned by a resident of the United States (including Puerto Rico), or brought into the United States (including Puerto Rico), for sale or charter to a resident thereof, or
(2) If brought into the United States (including Puerto Rico) by a nonresident free of duty as part of personal effects and sold or chartered within one year from date of entry.
Any offer to sell or charter (for example, a listing with yacht brokers or agents) is considered evidence that the vessel was brought in for sale or charter to a resident or, if made within one year of entry of a vessel brought in free of duty as personal effects, that the vessel no longer is for the personal use of the non-resident.
If the vessel is sold or chartered, or offered for sale or charter, in the circumstances described, without the owner first having filed a consumption entry and having paid duty, the vessel may be subject to seizure or to a monetary claim equal to the value of the vessel. See Chapter 89, Additional U.S. Note 1, HTSUS, and subheadings 8903.10, 8903.91, 8903.92, 8903.99.10, 8903.99.20, and 8903.99.90, HTSUS.
(e) A foreign-flag yacht which is not in possession of a cruising license shall be required to comply with the laws applicable to foreign vessels arriving at, departing from, and proceeding between ports of the United States.
[T.D. 69-266, 34 FR 20423, Dec. 31, 1969]
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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 6 - DOMESTIC SECURITY
U.S. Code: Title 8 - ALIENS AND NATIONALITY
U.S. Code: Title 19 - CUSTOMS DUTIES

§ 66 - Rules and forms prescribed by Secretary

§ 288 - Documented vessels

§ 293 - Documented vessels touching at foreign ports

§ 294 - No duty by reason of documented vessel touching at foreign port

§ 1322 - International traffic and rescue work; United States-Mexico Boundary Treaty of 1970

§ 1431 - Manifests

§ 1433 - Report of arrival of vessels, vehicles, and aircraft

§ 1434 - Entry; vessels

§ 1436 - Penalties for violations of arrival, reporting, entry, and clearance requirements

§ 1441 - Exceptions to vessel entry and clearance requirements

§ 1442 - Residue cargo

§ 1446 - Supplies and stores retained on board

§ 1447 - Place of entry and unlading

§ 1448 - Unlading

§ 1449 - Unlading at port of entry

§ 1450 - Unlading on Sundays, holidays, or during overtime hours

§ 1451 - Extra compensation

§ 1451a - Repealed.

§ 1452 - Lading on Sundays, holidays, or at night

§ 1453 - Lading and unlading of merchandise or baggage; penalties

§ 1454 - Unlading of passengers; penalty

§ 1457 - Time for unlading

§ 1458 - Bulk cargo, time for unlading

§ 1484b - Deferral of duty on large yachts imported for sale at United States boat shows

§ 1486 - Administration of oaths

§ 1490 - General orders

§ 1498 - Entry under regulations

§ 1505 - Payment of duties and fees

§ 1581 - Boarding vessels

§ 1584 - Falsity or lack of manifest; penalties

§ 1586 - Unlawful unlading or transshipment

§ 1622 - Foreign landing certificates

§ 1623 - Bonds and other security

§ 1624 - General regulations

§ 1706 - Importation in vessels under thirty tons and aircraft; licenses; labels as prima facie evidence of foreign origin of merchandise

§ 1706a - Civil penalties for trading without required certificate of documentation

§ 2071 note - Establishment of Service; Commissioner; appointment

U.S. Code: Title 28 - JUDICIARY AND JUDICIAL PROCEDURE
U.S. Code: Title 31 - MONEY AND FINANCE
U.S. Code: Title 33 - NAVIGATION AND NAVIGABLE WATERS
U.S. Code: Title 42 - THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE
U.S. Code: Title 46 - SHIPPING

§ 501 - Waiver of navigation and vessel-inspection laws

§ 2107 - Civil penalty procedures

§ 2108 - Repealed.

§ 3502 - List or count of passengers

§ 5101 - Definitions

§ 5102 - Application

§ 5106 - Load line certificate

§ 5107 - Delegation of authority

§ 5108 - Special exemptions

§ 5109 - Reciprocity for foreign vessels

§ 5112 - Loading restrictions

§ 5113 - Detention of vessels

§ 5114 - Use of Customs Service officers and employees for enforcement

§ 5116 - Penalties

§ 8103 - Citizenship and Navy Reserve requirements

§ 10301 - Application

§ 10302 - Shipping articles agreements

§ 10314 - Advances

§ 10315 - Allotments

§ 12101 - Definitions

§ 12108

§ 12112 - Coastwise endorsement

§ 12118 - Owners engaged primarily in manufacturing or mineral industry

§ 12120 - Liquified gas tankers

§ 12132 - Loss of coastwise trade privileges

§ 14306 - Reciprocity for foreign vessels

§ 14502 - Measurement

§ 14511 - Application

§ 14512 - Standard tonnage measurement

§ 14513 - Dual tonnage measurement

§ 14701 - General violation

§ 14702 - False statements

§ 44101 - Application

§ 44102 - Financial responsibility to indemnify passengers for nonperformance of transportation

§ 44103 - Financial responsibility to pay liability for death or injury

§ 44104 - Civil penalty

§ 44105 - Refusal of clearance

§ 44106 - Conduct of proceedings

46 U.S. Code § 3901, 3902 - Repealed.

§ 50501 - Entities deemed citizens of the United States

§ 50502 - Applicability to receivers, trustees, successors, and assigns

§ 50503 - Oceanographic research vessels

§ 50504 - Sailing school vessels

§ 51101 - Policy

§ 51102 - Definitions

§ 51103 - General authority of Secretary of Transportation

§ 51104 - General authority of Secretary of the Navy

§ 51301 - Maintenance of the Academy

§ 51302 - Nomination and competitive appointment of cadets

§ 51303 - Non-competitive appointments

§ 51304 - Additional appointments from particular areas

§ 51305 - Prohibited basis for appointment

§ 51306 - Cadet commitment agreements

§ 51307 - Places of training

§ 51308 - Uniforms, textbooks, and transportation allowances

§ 51309 - Academic degree

§ 51310 - Deferment of service obligation under cadet commitment agreements

§ 51311 - Midshipman status in the Navy Reserve

§ 51312 - Board of Visitors

§ 51313 - Advisory Board

§ 51314 - Limitation on charges and fees for attendance

§ 51315 - Gifts to the Merchant Marine Academy

§ 51316 - Temporary appointments to the Academy

§ 51317 - Adjunct professors

§ 51501 - General support program

§ 51502 - Detailing of personnel

§ 51503 - Regional maritime academies

§ 51504 - Use of training vessels

§ 51505 - Annual payments for maintenance and support

§ 51506 - Conditions to receiving payments and use of vessels

§ 51507 - Places of training

§ 51508 - Allowances for students

§ 51509 - Student incentive payment agreements

§ 51510 - Deferment of service obligation under student incentive payment agreements

§ 51511 - Midshipman status in the Navy Reserve

§ 51701 - United States Maritime Service

§ 51702 - Civilian nautical schools

§ 51703 - Additional training

§ 51704 - Training for maritime oil pollution prevention, response, and clean-up

§ 51901 - Awards for individual acts or service

§ 51902 - Gallant Ship Award

§ 51903 - Multiple awards

§ 51904 - Presentation to representatives

§ 51905 - Flags and grave markers

§ 51906 - Special certificates for civilian service to armed forces

§ 51907 - Provision of decorations, medals, and replacements

§ 51908 - Prohibition against unauthorized manufacture, sale, possession, or display of awards

§ 52101 - Reemployment rights for certain merchant seamen

§ 53101 - Definitions

§ 53102 - Establishment of Maritime Security Fleet

§ 53103 - Award of operating agreements

§ 53104 - Effectiveness of operating agreements

§ 53105 - Obligations and rights under operating agreements

§ 53106 - Payments

§ 53107 - National security requirements

§ 53108 - Regulatory relief

§ 53109 - Repealed.

§ 53110 - Regulations

§ 53111 - Authorization of appropriations

§ 53301 - Definitions

§ 53302 - Authority for construction reserve funds

§ 53303 - Persons eligible to establish funds

§ 53304 - Vessel ownership

§ 53305 - Eligible fund deposits

§ 53306 - Recognition of gain for tax purposes

§ 53307 - Basis for determining gain or loss and for depreciating new vessels

§ 53308 - Order and proportions of deposits and withdrawals

§ 53309 - Accumulation of deposits

§ 53310 - Obligation of deposits and period for construction of certain vessels

§ 53311 - Taxation of deposits on failure of conditions

§ 53312 - Assessment and collection of deficiency tax

§ 53501 - Definitions

§ 53502 - Regulations

§ 53503 - Establishing a capital construction fund

§ 53504 - Deposits and withdrawals

§ 53505 - Ceiling on deposits

§ 53506 - Investment and fiduciary requirements

§ 53507 - Nontaxation of deposits

§ 53508 - Separate accounts within a fund

§ 53509 - Qualified withdrawals

§ 53510 - Tax treatment of qualified withdrawals and basis of property

§ 53511 - Tax treatment of nonqualified withdrawals

§ 53512 - FIFO and LIFO withdrawals

§ 53513 - Corporate reorganizations and partnership changes

§ 53514 - Relationship of old fund to new fund

§ 53515 - Records and reports

§ 53516 - Termination of agreement after change in regulations

§ 53517 - Reports

§ 53701 - Definitions

§ 53702 - General authority

§ 53703 - Application procedures

§ 53704 - Funding limits

§ 53705 - Pledge of United States Government

§ 53706 - Eligible purposes of obligations

§ 53707 - Findings related to obligors and operators

§ 53708 - Findings related to economic soundness

§ 53709 - Amount of obligations

§ 53710 - Contents of obligations

§ 53711 - Security interest

§ 53712 - Monitoring financial condition and operations of obligor

§ 53713 - Administrative fees

§ 53714 - Guarantee fees

§ 53715 - Escrow fund

§ 53716 - Deposit fund

§ 53717 - Management of funds in the Treasury

§ 53718 - Annual report to Congress

§ 53721 - Rights of obligee

§ 53722 - Actions by Secretary or Administrator

§ 53723 - Payments by Secretary or Administrator and issuance of obligations

§ 53724 - Rights to secured property

§ 53725 - Actions against obligor

§ 53731 - Commercial demonstration ocean thermal energy conversion facilities and plantships

§ 53732 - Eligible export vessels

§ 53733 - Shipyard modernization and improvement

§ 53734 - Replacement of vessels because of changes in operating standards

§ 53735 - Fisheries financing and capacity reduction

§ 53901 - Definitions

§ 53902 - Authority to provide insurance

§ 53903 - Insurable interests

§ 53904 - Liability insurance for persons involved in war or defense efforts

§ 53905 - Agency insurance

§ 53906 - Hull insurance valuation

§ 53907 - Reinsurance

§ 53908 - Additional insurance privately obtained

§ 53909 - War risk insurance revolving fund

§ 53910 - Administrative

§ 53911 - Civil actions for losses

§ 53912 - Expiration date

§ 54101 - Assistance for small shipyards and maritime communities

§ 55101 - Application of coastwise laws

§ 55102 - Transportation of merchandise

§ 55103 - Transportation of passengers

§ 55104 - Transportation of passengers between Puerto Rico and other ports in the United States

§ 55105 - Transportation of hazardous waste

§ 55106 - Merchandise transferred between barges

§ 55107 - Empty cargo containers and barges

§ 55108 - Platform jackets

§ 55110 - Transportation of valueless material or dredged material

§ 55111 - Towing

§ 55114 - Unloading fish from foreign vessels

§ 55119 - Yukon River

§ 55121 - Transportation of merchandise and passengers on Canadian vessels

§ 56101 - Approval required to transfer vessel to noncitizen

§ 57109 - Operation of vessels purchased, chartered, or leased from Secretary of Transportation

§ 60101 - Boarding arriving vessels before inspection

§ 60105 - Clearance of vessels

§ 60107 - Payment of fees on departing vessel

§ 60301 - Regular tonnage taxes

§ 60302 - Special tonnage taxes

§ 60303 - Light money

§ 60304 - Presidential suspension of tonnage taxes and light money

§ 60305 - Vessels in distress

§ 60306 - Vessels not engaged in trade

§ 60307 - Vessels engaged in coastwise trade or the fisheries

§ 60308 - Vessels engaged in Great Lakes trade

§ 60309 - Passenger vessels making trips between ports of the United States and foreign ports

§ 60310 - Vessels making daily trips on interior waters

§ 60312 - Rights under treaties preserved

§ 60503 - Reciprocal suspension of discriminating duties

§ 60504 - Reciprocal privileges for recreational vessels

Public Laws