28 U.S. Code § 1603 - Definitions
For purposes of this chapter—
(b) An “agency or instrumentality of a foreign state” means any entity—
which is an organ of a foreign state or political subdivision thereof, or a majority of whose shares or other ownership interest is owned by a foreign state or political subdivision thereof, and
A “commercial activity” means either a regular course of commercial conduct or a particular commercial transaction or act. The commercial character of an activity shall be determined by reference to the nature of the course of conduct or particular transaction or act, rather than by reference to its purpose.
A “commercial activity carried on in the United States by a foreign state” means commercial activity carried on by such state and having substantial contact with the United States.
2005—Subsec. (b)(3). Pub. L. 109–2 substituted “(e)” for “(d)”.
Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date of 2005 Amendment