22 U.S. Code § 2763 - Credit sales
(a) Financing procurement of defense articles and services, and design and construction services
The President is authorized to finance the procurement of defense articles, defense services, and design and construction services by friendly foreign countries and international organizations, on such terms and conditions as he may determine consistent with the requirements of this section. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, and subject to the regular notification requirements of the Committees on Appropriations, the authority of this section may be used to provide financing to Israel and Egypt for the procurement by leasing (including leasing with an option to purchase) of defense articles from United States commercial suppliers, not including Major Defense Equipment (other than helicopters and other types of aircraft having possible civilian application), if the President determines that there are compelling foreign policy or national security reasons for those defense articles being provided by commercial lease rather than by government-to-government sale under this chapter.
(b) Repayment period
The President shall require repayment in United States dollars within a period not to exceed twelve years after the loan agreement with the country or international organization is signed on behalf of the United States Government, unless a longer period is specifically authorized by statute for that country or international organization.
(c) Interest rate; definitions
(1) The President shall charge interest under this section at such rate as he may determine, except that such rate may not be less than 5 percent per year.
(2) For purposes of financing provided under this section—
(A) the term “concessional rate of interest” means any rate of interest which is less than market rates of interest; and
(B) the term “market rate of interest” means any rate of interest which is equal to or greater than the current average interest rate (as of the last day of the month preceding the financing of the procurement under this section) that the United States Government pays on outstanding marketable obligations of comparable maturity.
(d) Participations in credits
References in any law to credits extended under this section shall be deemed to include reference to participations in credits.
(e) Payments on account of prior credits or loans
(1) Funds made available to carry out this section may be used by a foreign country to make payments of principal and interest which it owes to the United States Government on account of credits previously extended under this section or loans previously guaranteed under section 2764 of this title, subject to paragraph (2).
(f) Audit of certain private firms
For each fiscal year, the Secretary of Defense, as requested by the Director of the Defense Security Assistance Agency, shall conduct audits on a nonreimbursable basis of private firms that have entered into contracts with foreign governments under which defense articles, defense services, or design and construction services are to be procured by such firms for such governments from financing under this section.
(g) Notification requirements with respect to cash flow financing
(1) For each country and international organization that has been approved for cash flow financing under this section, any letter of offer and acceptance or other purchase agreement, or any amendment thereto, for a procurement of defense articles, defense services, or design and construction services in excess of $100,000,000 that is to be financed in whole or in part with funds made available under this chapter or the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 [22 U.S.C. 2151 et seq.] shall be submitted to the congressional committees specified in section 634A(a) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 [22 U.S.C. 2394–1 (a)] in accordance with the procedures applicable to reprogramming notifications under that section.
(2) For purposes of this subsection, the term “cash flow financing” has the meaning given such term in subsection (d) ofsection 2765 of this title.
(h) Limitation on use of funds for direct commercial contracts
Of the amounts made available for a fiscal year to carry out this section, not more than $100,000,000 for such fiscal year may be made available for countries other than Israel and Egypt for the purpose of financing the procurement of defense articles, defense services, and design and construction services that are not sold by the United States Government under this chapter.
Source(Pub. L. 90–629, ch. 2, § 23,Oct. 22, 1968, 82 Stat. 1324; Pub. L. 93–559, § 45(a)(2),Dec. 30, 1974, 88 Stat. 1813; Pub. L. 94–329, title II, § 208(a),June 30, 1976, 90 Stat. 739; Pub. L. 96–533, title I, § 105(b)(3),Dec. 16, 1980, 94 Stat. 3134; Pub. L. 99–83, title I, § 102,Aug. 8, 1985, 99 Stat. 195; Pub. L. 100–202, § 101(e) [title V, § 572], Dec. 22, 1987, 101 Stat. 1329–131, 1329–176; Pub. L. 101–513, title V, § 580,Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 2045; Pub. L. 104–164, title I, § 102(a)–(c), July 21, 1996, 110 Stat. 1422.)
References in Text
This chapter, referred to in subsecs. (a), (g)(1), and (h), was in the original “this Act”, meaning Pub. L. 90–629, Oct. 22, 1968, 82 Stat. 1321, which is classified principally to this chapter. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 2751 of this title and Tables.
The Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, referred to in subsec. (g)(1), is Pub. L. 87–195, Sept. 4, 1961, 75 Stat. 424, as amended, which is classified principally to chapter 32 (§ 2151 et seq.) of this title. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 2151 of this title and Tables.
1996—Subsecs. (f) to (g). Pub. L. 104–164added subsecs. (f) to (g).
1990—Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 101–513added subsec. (e).
1987—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 100–202inserted sentence at end authorizing financing to Israel and Egypt for commercial leasing of defense articles, not including Major Defense Equipment, with exception for certain aircraft, upon a Presidential determination that there are compelling foreign policy or national defense reasons for such leasing.
1985—Pub. L. 99–83amended section generally. Prior to amendment, section read as follows: “The President is authorized to finance procurements of defense articles, defense services, and design and construction services by friendly foreign countries and international organizations on terms requiring the payment to the United States Government in United States dollars of—
“(1) the value of such articles or services within a period not to exceed twelve years after the delivery of such articles or the rendering of such services; and
“(2) interest on the unpaid balance of that obligation for payment of the value of such articles or services, at a rate equivalent to the current average interest rate, as of the last day of the month preceding the financing of such procurement, that the United States Government pays on outstanding marketable obligations of comparable maturity, unless the President certifies to Congress that the national interest requires a lesser rate of interest and states in the certification the lesser rate so required and the justification therefor.”
1980—Pub. L. 96–533substituted “defense articles, defense services, and design and construction services” for “defense articles and defense services”.
1976—Par. (1). Pub. L. 94–329substituted “twelve years” for “ten years”.
1974—Pub. L. 93–559incorporated existing provisions in cl. (1) and added cl. (2).
Effective Date of 1985 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 99–83effective Oct. 1, 1985, see section 1301 ofPub. L. 99–83, set out as a note under section 2151–1 of this title.
Effective Date of 1976 Amendment
Pub. L. 94–329, title II, § 208(b),June 30, 1976, 90 Stat. 739, provided that: “The amendment made by subsection (a) [amending this section] shall apply with respect to financing under agreements entered into on or after the date of enactment of this Act [June 30, 1976] for the procurement of defense articles to be delivered, or defense services to be rendered, after such date.”
Delegation of Functions
For delegation of functions of the President under this section and section 7069 of div. I of Pub. L. 112–74(see Similar Provisions note below), with certain conditions and exceptions, see section 1(e) of Ex. Ord. No. 13637, Mar. 8, 2013, 78 F.R. 16129, set out as a note under section 2751 of this title. Functions were previously delegated by Ex. Ord. No. 11958, which was formerly set out as a note under section 2751 of this title and was revoked, subject to a savings provision, by section 4 of Ex. Ord. No. 13637.
Provisions similar to those in last sentence of subsec. (a) of this section which were applicable to NATO and major non-NATO allies in addition to Israel and Egypt were contained in the following appropriation acts:
Pub. L. 104–208, div. A, title I, § 101(c) [title V, § 528], Sept. 30, 1996, 110 Stat. 3009–121, 3009–149.