(Pub. L. 89–777, § 2, Nov. 6, 1966, 80 Stat. 1356; Pub. L. 103–182, title VI, § 689(c), Dec. 8, 1993, 107 Stat. 2222; Pub. L. 104–324, title VII, § 746(c)(1), Oct. 19, 1996, 110 Stat. 3943; Pub. L. 105–258, title III, § 302(a), Oct. 14, 1998, 112 Stat. 1916.)

References in Text

The Shipping Act of 1984, referred to in subsec. (d), is Pub. L. 98–237, Mar. 20, 1984, 98 Stat. 67, as amended, which is classified principally to chapter 36 (§ 1701 et seq.) of this Appendix. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 1701 of this Appendix and Tables.


Section was not enacted as part of the Shipping Act, 1916, which comprises this chapter.


1998—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 105–258 substituted “it in its discretion” for “they in their discretion”.
1996—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 104–324 substituted reference to Shipping Act of 1984 for reference to this chapter.
1993—Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 103–182 substituted “At the port” for “The collector of customs at the port” and inserted “, the Customs Service” after “subsection (a) of this section”.

Effective Date of 1998 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 105–258 effective May 1, 1999, see section 2 of Pub. L. 105–258, set out as a note under section 1701 of this Appendix.

Effective Date of 1996 Amendment

Section 746(c) of Pub. L. 104–324 provided that the amendment made by that section is effective Sept. 30, 1996.

Effective Date

Section 5 of Pub. L. 89–777 provided in part that this section is effective 9 months after Nov. 6, 1966.

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.
All offices of collector of customs, comptroller of customs, surveyor of customs, and appraiser of merchandise in Bureau of Customs of Department of the Treasury to which appointments were required to be made by President with advice and consent of Senate ordered abolished with such offices to be terminated not later than Dec. 31, 1966, by Reorg. Plan No. 1 of 1965, eff. May 25, 1965, 30 F.R. 7035, 79 Stat. 1317, set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees. All functions of offices eliminated were already vested in Secretary of the Treasury by Reorg. Plan No. 26 of 1950, eff. July 31, 1950, 15 F.R. 4935, 64 Stat. 1280, set out in the Appendix to Title 5.