19 CFR 12.40 - Seizure; disposition of seized articles; reports to United States attorney.

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§ 12.40 Seizure; disposition of seized articles; reports to United States attorney.

(a) Any book, pamphlet, paper, writing, advertisement, circular, print, picture, or drawing containing any matter advocating or urging treason or insurrection against the United States or forcible resistance to any law of the United States, or containing any threat to take the life of or inflict bodily harm upon any person in the United States, seized under section 305, Tariff Act of 1930, shall be transmitted to the United States attorney for his consideration and action.

(b) Upon the seizure of articles or matter prohibited entry by section 305, Tariff Act of 1930 (with the exception of the matter described in paragraph (a) of this section), a notice of the seizure of such articles or matter shall be sent to the consignee or addressee.

(c) When articles of the class covered by paragraph (b) of this section are of small value and no criminal intent is apparent, a blank assent to forfeiture, Customs Form 4607, shall be sent with the notice of seizure. Upon receipt of the assent to forfeiture duly executed, the articles shall be destroyed if not needed for official use and the case closed.

(d) In the case of a repeated offender or when the facts indicate that the importation was made deliberately with intent to evade the law, the facts and evidence shall be submitted to the United States attorney for consideration of prosecution of the offender as well as an action in rem under section 305 for condemnation of the articles.

(e) All cases in which articles have been seized pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1305(a) should be referred to the U.S. Attorney, for possible institution of condemnation proceedings, within 4 days, but in no event more than 14 days, after the date of Customs initial examination. The referral to the U.S. Attorney should be initiated simultaneously with the mailing to the importer of the seizure notice and the assent to forfeiture form. If the importer declines to execute an assent to forfeiture of the articles other than those mentioned in paragraph (a) of this section and fails to submit, within 30 days after being notified of his privilege to do so, a petition under section 618, Tariff Act of 1930 ( 19 U.S.C. 1618), for remission of the forfeiture and permission to export the seized articles, then the U.S. Attorney, who has already received information concerning the seizure pursuant to this paragraph, may proceed with the condemnation action.

(f) If seizure is made of books or other articles which do not contain obscene matter but contain information or advertisements relative to means of causing unlawful abortion, the procedure outlined in paragraphs (b), (c), (d), and (e) of this section shall be followed.

(g) In any case when a book is seized as being obscene and the importer declines to execute an assent to forfeiture on the ground that the book is a classic, or of recognized and established literary or scientific merit, a petition addressed to the Secretary of the Treasury with evidence to support the claim may be filed by the importer for release of the book. Mere unsupported statements or allegations will not be considered. If the ruling is favorable, release of such book shall be made only to the ultimate consignee.

(h) Whenever it clearly appears from information, instructions, advertisements enclosed with or appearing on any drug or medicine or its immediate or other container, or otherwise that such drug or medicine is intended for inducing unlawful abortion, such drug or medicine shall be detained or seized.

[ 28 FR 14710, Dec. 31, 1963, as amended by T.D. 71-165, 36 FR 12209, June 29, 1971; T.D. 76-261, 41 FR 39022, Sept. 14, 1976; T.D. 82-145, 47 FR 35477, Aug. 16, 1982; T.D. 85-186, 50 FR 47207, Nov. 15, 1985; T.D. 93-66, 58 FR 44130, Aug. 19, 1993]

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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 7 - AGRICULTURE

§ 135h

§ 136 - Definitions

§ 136a - Registration of pesticides

7 U.S. Code § 136a–1 - Reregistration of registered pesticides

§ 136b - Transferred

§ 136c - Experimental use permits

§ 136d - Administrative review; suspension

§ 136e - Registration of establishments

§ 136f - Books and records

§ 136g - Inspection of establishments, etc.

§ 136h - Protection of trade secrets and other information

§ 136i - Use of restricted use pesticides; applicators

7 U.S. Code § 136i–1 - Pesticide recordkeeping

7 U.S. Code § 136i–2 - Collection of pesticide use information

§ 136j - Unlawful acts

§ 136k - Stop sale, use, removal, and seizure

§ 136l - Penalties

§ 136m - Indemnities

§ 136n - Administrative procedure; judicial review

§ 136o - Imports and exports

§ 136p - Exemption of Federal and State agencies

§ 136q - Storage, disposal, transportation, and recall

§ 136r - Research and monitoring

7 U.S. Code § 136r–1 - Integrated Pest Management

§ 136s - Solicitation of comments; notice of public hearings

§ 136t - Delegation and cooperation

§ 136u - State cooperation, aid, and training

§ 136v - Authority of States

§ 136w - Authority of Administrator

7 U.S. Code § 136w–1 - State primary enforcement responsibility

7 U.S. Code § 136w–2 - Failure by the State to assure enforcement of State pesticide use regulations

7 U.S. Code § 136w–3 - Identification of pests; cooperation with Department of Agriculture’s program

7 U.S. Code § 136w–4 - Omitted

7 U.S. Code § 136w–5 - Minimum requirements for training of maintenance applicators and service technicians

7 U.S. Code § 136w–6 - Environmental Protection Agency minor use program

7 U.S. Code § 136w–7 - Department of Agriculture minor use program

7 U.S. Code § 136w–8 - Pesticide registration service fees

§ 136x - Severability

§ 136y - Authorization of appropriations

§ 151 to 154 - Repealed. Pub. L. 106–224, title IV, § 438(a)(1), June 20, 2000, 114 Stat. 454

§ 155 - Omitted

§ 156 to 161 - Repealed. Pub. L. 106–224, title IV, § 438(a)(1), June 20, 2000, 114 Stat. 454

§ 161a - Omitted

§ 162 - Repealed. Pub. L. 106–224, title IV, § 438(a)(1), June 20, 2000, 114 Stat. 454

§ 1592 - Rules and regulations

§ 1854 - Agreements limiting imports

U.S. Code: Title 15 - COMMERCE AND TRADE
U.S. Code: Title 19 - CUSTOMS DUTIES
U.S. Code: Title 21 - FOOD AND DRUGS
U.S. Code: Title 46 - SHIPPING
Statutes at Large
Public Laws
Presidential Documents

Executive Order ... 13312

Proclamation ... 8294

Title 19 published on 09-Jun-2018 03:50

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 19 CFR Part 12 after this date.

  • 2018-06-12; vol. 83 # 113 - Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    1. 83 FR 27380 - Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS)
      GPO FDSys XML | Text
      DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
      Interim final rule; request for comments.
      Effective date: This interim final rule is effective June 12, 2018. Comment date: Comments must be received by August 13, 2018.
      19 CFR Parts 12, 113, 122, 141, 178, and 192
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