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107 STAT. 2216 PUBLIC LAW 103-182—DEC. 8, 1993 (A) by striking out "the appropriate customs officer^, "such officer" and "the customs officer" wherever they appear and inserting "the Customs Service", and (B) by striking out "the appraiser's return and his" and inserting "its"; and (2) by amending subsection (b) to read as follows: Regulations. "(fe) jf the Customs Service determines that the expense of keeping the vessel, vehicle, aircraft, merchandise, or baggage is disproportionate to the value thereof, the Customs Service may promptly order the destruction or other appropriate disposition of such property under regulations prescribed by the Secretary. No customs officer shall be liable for the destruction or other disposition of property made pursuant to this section.". SEC. 668. UMTTATION ON ACTIONS. Section 621 (19 U.S.C. 1621) is amended— (1) by inserting "any duty under section 592(d), 593A(d), or" before "any pecimiary penalty"; and (2) by striking out "discovered:" and all that follows thereafter and inserting the following: "discovered; except that— "(1) in the case of an alleged violation of section 592 or 593A, no suit or action (including a suit or action for restoration of lawful duties under subsection (d) of such sections) may be instituted unless commenced within 5 years after the date of the alleged violation or, if such violation arises out of fraud, within 5 years after the date of discovery of fraud, and "(2) the time of the absence from the United States of the person subject to the penalty or forfeiture, or of any concealment or absence of the property, shall not be reckoned within the 5-year period of limitation. ". SEC. 669. COLLECTION OF FEES ON BEHALF OF OTHER AGENCIES. The Tariff Act of 1930 is amended by inserting after section 528 the following new section: 19 USC 1529. 'SEC. 529. COLLECTION OF FEES ON BEHALF OF OTHER AGENCIES. "The Customs Service shall be reimbursed from the fees collected for the cost and expense, administrative and otherwise, incurred in collecting any fees on behalf of any government agency for any reason.". SEC. 670. AUTHORITY TO SETTLE CLAIMS. The Tariff Act of 1930 is amended by inserting after section 629 the following new section: 19 USC 1630. 'SEC. 630. AUTHORITY TO SETTLE CLAIMS. "(a) IN GENERAL.— With respect to a claim that cannot be settled under chapter 171 of title 28, United States Code, the Secretary may settle, for not more than $50,000 in any one case, a claim for damage to, or loss of, privately owned property caused by an investigative or law enforcement officer (as defined in section 2680(h) of title 28, United States Code) who is employed by the Customs Service and acting within the scope of his or her employ- ment. "(b) LIMITATIONS.—The Secretary may not pay a claim under subsection (a) that— "(1) concerns commercial property;