Documented vessels with a registry endorsement, engaged in foreign trade on the Great Lakes or their tributary or connecting waters in trade with Canada, shall not thereby become liable to the payment of entry and clearance fees.
19 U.S. Code § 288 - Documented vessels
R.S. § 2793 as it related to entry and clearance fees was classified to this section and section 111 of the former Appendix to Title 46, Shipping. R.S. § 2793 as it related to payment of tonnage taxes was classified to section 123 of the former Appendix to Title 46. Pub. L. 109–304, §§ 9(b), 14(a), Oct. 6, 2006, 120 Stat. 1674, 1702, amended R.S. § 2793 to strike “or tonnage tax” after “clearance fees”, in effect eliminating section 123 of the former Appendix to Title 46, and restated R.S. § 2793 as it related to payment of tonnage taxes in section 60308 of Title 46, Shipping. Section 111 of the former Appendix to Title 46 was omitted from the Code upon the completion of the enactment of Title 46 into positive law.
R.S. § 2793 derived from Res. Feb. 10, 1871, No. 27, § 2, 16 Stat. 595.
2006—Pub. L. 109–304 amended R.S. § 2793 to strike out the words “or tonnage tax” which words had been omitted from this section for purposes of codification. See Codification note above.
1996—Pub. L. 104–324 substituted “registry endorsement, engaged in foreign trade on the Great Lakes or their tributary or connecting waters in trade with Canada,” for “coastwise, Great Lakes endorsement, departing from or arriving at a port in one district to or from a port in another district, and also touching at intermediate foreign ports,” and struck out “, as if from or to foreign ports” before period at end.
1993—Pub. L. 103–182 substituted “Documented vessels with a coastwise, Great Lakes endorsement,” for “Enrolled or licensed vessels engaged in the foreign and coasting trade on the northern, northeastern, and northwestern frontiers of the United States,” and “foreign ports.” for “foreign ports; but such vessel shall, notwithstanding, be required to enter and clear; except that when such vessels are on such voyages on the Great Lakes and touch at foreign ports for the purpose of taking on bunker fuel only, they may be exempted from entering and clearing under such rules and regulations as the Commissioner of Customs may prescribe, notwithstanding any other provisions of law: Provided, That this exception shall not apply to such vessels if, while at such foreign port, they land or take on board any passengers, or any merchandise other than bunker fuel, receive orders, discharge any seamen by mutual consent, or engage any seamen to replace those discharged by mutual consent, or transact any other business save that of taking on bunker fuel.”
1941—Act Sept. 25, 1941, inserted exception and proviso at end of section.