(a) No vessel, other than a pleasure craft 300 gross registered tonnage or less, shall transit until an application for preclearance has been made, pursuant to § 401.24, to the Manager by the vessel's representative and the application has been approved by the Corporation or the Manager pursuant to § 401.25.
(b) No vessel shall transit while its preclearance is suspended or has terminated by reason of:
(1) The expiration of the representative's guarantee of toll payment,
(2) A change of ownership or representative of the vessel, or
(3) A material alteration in the physical characteristics of the vessel, until another application for preclearance has been made and approved.
(c) Unless otherwise permitted by an officer a non-commercial vessel of 300 gross registered tonnage or less cannot apply for preclearance status and must transit as a pleasure craft.
(68 Stat. 93-96, 33 U.S.C. 981-990, as amended and secs. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12 and 13 ofsec. 2 ofPub. L. 95-474, 92 Stat. 1471)