107 STAT. 2210 PUBLIC LAW 103-182—DEC. 8, 1993 "(2) discharge any passenger or merchandise (including baggage). ". SEC. 6S8. ENTRY OF VESSELa Section 434 (19 U.S.C. 1434) is amended to read as follows: •SEC. 434. ENTRY; VESSELS. "(a) FORMAL ENTRY.— Within 24 hours (or such other period of time as may be provided under subsection (c)(2)) after the arrival at any port or place in the United States of— "(1) any vesselfiroma foreign port or place; "(2) any foreign vessel from a domestic port; "(3) any vessel of the United States having on board bonded merchandise or foreign merchandise for which entry has not been made; or "(4) any vessel which has visited a hovering vessel or - has delivered or received merchandise while outsicfe the territorial sea; the master of the vessel shall, unless otherwise provided by law, make formal entry at the nearest customs facility or such other place as the Secretary may prescribe by regulation. "(b) PRELIMINARY ENTRY. —The Secretary may by regulation permit the master to make preliminary entry of the vessel with the Customs Service in lieu of formal entry or before formal entry is made. In permitting preUminar^ entry, the Customs Service shall board a sufificient number of vessels to ensure compliance with the laws it enforces.
- (c) REGULATIONS.— The Secretary may by regulation—
"(1) prescribe the manner and format in which entry under subsection (a) or subsection (b), or both, must be made, and such regulations may provide that any such entry may be made electronically pursuant to an electronic data interchange system; "(2) provide that— (A) formal entry must be made within a greater or lesser time than 24 hours after arrival, but in no case more than 48 hours after arrival, and "(B) formal entry may be made before arrival; and "(3) authorize the Customs Service to permit entry or preliminary entry of any vessel to be made at a place other than a designated port of entry, under such conditions as may be prescribed.". SEC. 654. UNLAWFUL RETURN OF FOREIGN VESSEL PAPERS. Section 438 (19 U.S.C..1438) is amended— (1) by striking out "section 435" and inserting "section 434"; (2) by inserting ", or regulations issued thereunder," after "of this Act";and (3) by striking out "the appropriate customs officer of the port where such vessel has been entered." and inserting "the Customs Service in the port in which such vessel has entered.". SEC. 6SS. VESSELS NOT REQUIRED TO ENTER. Section 441 (19 U.S.C. 1441) is amended— (1) by amending the text preceding paragraph (1) to read as follows: "The following vessels shall not be required to make entry under section 434 or to obtain clearance under section