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(Mar. 31, 1900, ch. 120, §§ 1–3, 31 Stat. 58; Feb. 14, 1903, ch. 552, § 10, 32 Stat. 829; Mar. 4, 1913, ch. 141, § 1, 37 Stat. 736; 1946 Reorg. Plan No. 3, § 101, eff. July 16, 1946, 11 F.R. 7875, 60 Stat. 1097.)

References in Text

Section 9 of act August 2, 1882, referred to in text, was classified to section 158 of former Title 46, Shipping, and was repealed by Pub. L. 98–89, § 4(b), Aug. 26, 1983, 97 Stat. 600.


“Section 2279 of title 18” substituted in text for “section 4606 of the Revised Statutes” on authority of act June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 683, which enacted Title 18, Crimes and Criminal Procedure.

Effective Date

Section 4 of act Mar. 31, 1900, provided: “That this Act [enacting this section] shall take effect thirty days after its passage.”

Transfer of Functions

For transfer of functions, personnel, assets, and liabilities of the United States Customs Service of the Department of the Treasury, including functions of the Secretary of the Treasury relating thereto, to the Secretary of Homeland Security, and for treatment of related references, see sections 203 (1), 551 (d), 552 (d), and 557 of Title 6, Domestic Security, and the Department of Homeland Security Reorganization Plan of November 25, 2002, as modified, set out as a note under section 542 of Title 6.
“United States Customs Service” substituted in text for “Bureau of Customs” pursuant to Treasury Department Order 165–23, Apr. 4, 1973, eff. Aug. 1, 1973, 38 F.R. 13037. See, also, section 308 of Title 31, Money and Finance.
For transfer of functions of other officers, employees, and agencies of Department of the Treasury, with certain exceptions, to Secretary of the Treasury with power to delegate, see Reorg. Plan No. 26 of 1950, §§ 1, 2, eff. July 31, 1950, 15 F.R. 4935, 64 Stat. 1280, 1281, set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees. Commissioner of Customs, referred to in text, was an officer of Department of the Treasury.
“Commissioner of Customs” substituted in text for “Secretary of Commerce” and “the Bureau of Customs” for “that department” on authority of sections 101 to 104 of Reorg. Plan No. 3 of 1946, set out as a note preceding section 3 of this Appendix.
Upon incorporation into the Code, “Secretary of Commerce” substituted for “Secretary of the Treasury,” to conform to act Feb. 14, 1903, which transferred certain powers and duties of Secretary of the Treasury relating to merchant vessels and yachts to Secretary of Commerce and Labor and act Mar. 4, 1913, which changed designation of Secretary of Commerce and Labor to Secretary of Commerce.

Administrative Delegation of Functions by Secretary of the Treasury

Administrative delegation of functions by Secretary of the Treasury, see note set out preceding section 3 of this Appendix.

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