PUBLIC LAW 103-182—DEC. 8, 1993 107 STAT. 2199 "(s) The term Reconciliation' means an electronic process, initiated at the request of an importer, under which the elements of an entry, other than those elements related to the admissibility of the merchandise, that are undetermined at the time of entry summary are provided to the Customs Service at a later time. A reconciliation is treated as an entry for purposes of liquidation, reliquidation, and protest.". SEC. 635. MANIFESTS. Section 431 (19 U.S.C. 1431) is amended— (1) by amending subsections (a) and (b) to read as follows:
- (a) IN GENERAL. — Every vessel required to make entry under
section 434 or obtain clearance under section 4197 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (46 U.S.C. App. 91) shall have a manifest that complies with the requirements prescribed under subsection (d).
- (b) PRODUCTION OF MANIFEST. —Any manifest required by the
Customs Service shall Ibe signed, produced, delivered or electronically transmitted by the master or person in charge of the vessel, aircraft, or vehicle, or by any other authorized agent of the owner or operator of the vessel, aircraft, or vehicle in accordance with the requirements prescribed under subsection (d). A manifest may be supplemented b^r bill of lading data supplied by the issuer of sucii bill. If any iregularity of omission or commission occurs in any way in respect to any manifest or bill of lading data, the owner or operator of the vessel, aircraft or vehicle, or any party responsible for such iregularity, shall be liable for any fine or penalty prescribed by law with respect to such iregularity. The Customs Service may take appropriate action against any of the parties.**; and (2) by inserting after subsection (c) the following new subsection: "(d) REGULATIONS.— "(1) IN GENERAL,.- The Secretary shall by regulation— "(A) speci^»r the form for, and the information and data that must be contained in, the manifest required by subsection (a); "(B) allow, at the option of the individual producing the manifest and subject to paragraph (2), letters and documents shipments to be accounted for by summary manifesting procedures; "(C) prescriibe the manner of production for, and the delivery for electronic transmittal of, the manifest required by subsection (a); and "(D) prescribe the manner for supplementing manifests with bill of lading data under subsection (b). "(2) LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS SHIPMENTS.—For purposes of paragraph (I)(B)—
- (A) the Customs Service may require with respect
to letters and documents shipments— "(i) that they be segregated by country of origin, and "(ii) additional examination procedures that are not necessary for individually manifested shipments; "(B) standard letter envelopes and standard document packs shall be segregated from larger document shipments for purposes of customs inspections; and