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(June 29, 1936, ch. 858, title IX, § 901, 49 Stat. 2015; Aug. 26, 1954, ch. 936, 68 Stat. 832; May 28, 1956, ch. 325, 70 Stat. 187; Pub. L. 87–266, Sept. 21, 1961, 75 Stat. 565; Pub. L. 91–469, § 27, Oct. 21, 1970, 84 Stat. 1034; Pub. L. 97–31, § 12(126), Aug. 6, 1981, 95 Stat. 165; Pub. L. 104–316, title I, § 125, Oct. 19, 1996, 110 Stat. 3839.)

References in Text

Panama Canal Company, referred to in subsec. (b)(1), deemed to refer to Panama Canal Commission, see section 3602 (b)(5) of Title 22, Foreign Relations and Intercourse.
This amendment, referred to in subsec. (b)(1), means the amendment to this section by Pub. L. 87–266. See 1961 Amendment note below.


1996—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 104–316 substituted “flag. The Administrator of General Services shall prescribe regulations under which agencies” for “flag: Provided, That the Comptroller General of the United States” and substituted “pay for or reimburse officers or employees” for “credit any allowance”.
1981—Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 97–31 substituted “Secretary of Transportation” for “Secretary of Commerce” in two places.
1970—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 91–469 redesignated subsec. (b) as (b)(1), substituted “this paragraph” for “this subsection” after “temporary waiver of the provisions of” therein, and added subsec. (b)(2).
1961—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 87–266 excluded from term “privately owned United States-flag commercial vehicles” those vessels which, subsequent to Sept. 21, 1961, have been either built outside the United States, rebuilt outside the United States, or documented under foreign registry, until such vessels have been documented under the laws of the United States for 3 years.
1956—Subsec. (c). Act May 28, 1956, added subsec. (c).
1954—Act Aug. 26, 1954, designated existing provisions as subsec. (a) and added subsec. (b).


Export sales of certain agricultural commodities, see section 1707a of Title 7, Agriculture.
Functions authorized by Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, as exempt, see Ex. Ord. No. 11223, eff. May 12, 1965, 30 F.R. 6635, set out under section 2393 of Title 22, Foreign Relations and Intercourse.
Act Aug. 3, 1956, ch. 933, § 3, 70 Stat. 988, provided that sales of fresh fruit and the products thereof under sections 1701 to 1709 of Title 7, Agriculture, should be exempt from the requirements of this section.

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