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PUBLIC LAW 103-182—DEC. 8, 1993 107 STAT. 2213 "(A) entry is made or completed and the proper documents are produced;

    • (B) the information and data necessary for entry are

transmitted to the Customs Service pursuant to an authorized electronic data interchange system; or "(C) a bond is given for the production of docimients or the transmittal of data."; (2) by amending subsection (b)— (A) by amending the heading for subsection (b) to read as follows: "(b) REQUEST FOR POSSESSION BY CUSTOMS. — ", and (B) by striking out "appropriate customs officer" and inserting "Customs Service; and (3) by adding at the end the following new subsection: " (c) GOVERNMENT MERCHANDiSE.Any imported merchandise Regulations. that— "(1) is described in any of paragraphs (1) through (4) of subsection (a); and "(2) is consigned to, or owned by, the United States Government; shall be stored and disposed of in accordance with such rules and procedures as the Secretary shall by regulation prescribe.". SEC. 659. UNCLAIMED MERCHANDISE. Section 491 (19 U.S.C. 1491) is amended— (1) by amending subsection (a)— (A) by striking out "customs custody for one year" in the first sentence and inserting "in a bonded warehouse pursuant to section 490 for 6 months", (B) by striking out "public store or bonded warehouse for a period of one year" in the second sentence and inserting "pursuant to section 490 in a bonded warehouse for 6 months", (C) by striking out "estimated duties and storage" in the first sentence and inserting "estimated duties, taxes, fees, interest, storage,", (D) by inserting "taxes, fees, interest," after "duties," wherever it appears, and (E) by striking out "duties" in the last sentence and inserting "duties, taxes, interest, and fees"; and (2) by redesignating subsection (b) as subsection (e) and inserting after subsection (a) the following new subsections: "(b) NOTICE OF TITLE VESTING IN THE UNITED STATES. —At the end of the 6-month period referred to in subsection (a), the Customs Service may, in lieu of sale of the merchandise, provide notice to all known interested parties that the title to such merchandise shall be considered to vest in the United States free and clear of any liens or encumbrances, on the 30th day cifter the date of the notice unless, before such 30th day— "(1) the subject merchandise is entered or withdrawn for consimiption; and "(2) payment is made of all duties, taxes, fees, transfer and storage charges, and other expenses that may have accrued thereon. "(c) RETENTION, TRANSFER, DESTRUCTION, OR OTHER DISPOSI- TION. —If title to any merchandise vests in the United States by Regulations. operation of subsection (b), such merchandise may be retained