United States Statutes at Large/Volume 5/24th Congress/1st Session/Chapter 359

United States Statutes at Large, Volume 5
United States Congress
Public Acts of the Twenty-Fourth Congress, First Session, Chapter 359

July 4, 1836.
Chap. CCCLIX.—An Act to suspend the discriminating duties upon goods imported in vessels of Portugal, and to reduce the duties on wines.[1]
Acts suspended.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That so much of the several acts of Congress as imposes a discriminating duty upon goods, wares, and merchandise, imported in foreign vessels, be, and hereby is, suspended, so far as respects the produce or manufactures of Portugal proper, including Madeira, Porto Santo, and the Azores, when imported in vessels wholly and truly belonging to the subjects or citizens of said places; so that such produce or manufactures shall be subject to the same duties only as if imported in vessels of the United States:Proviso. Provided, however, And [that] this suspension shall continue no longer than this section remains in force.

Duties on wines reduced one-half after 30th July, 1836.Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That from and after the thirtieth day of July, eighteen hundred and thirty-six, the duty on all kinds of wine imported into the United States shall be reduced one-half, so that no more than one-half the amount now assessed shall be thereafter assessed.

Wines may be put into custom-house stores, &c.Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That all kinds of wine, whether imported before or after the passage of this act, may be put into the custom-house stores, under the bond of the importer or owner; and such of the said wines as shall remain under the control of the proper officer of the customs, on the thirtieth day of July, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-six, shall be subject to no other duty than if the same were imported after that day; and if the duties or any part thereof, on the wines deposited, as aforesaid, shall have been paid previous to the said thirtieth day of July, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-six, the amount of excess of duty shall be refunded to the person importing and depositing the same:Proviso.
Provided, That no wines shall be so deposited unless in the casks or bottles as imported: And provided, further, That the benefit of this act shall not be extended to any wines not entitled to debenture.

Approved, July 4, 1836.

  1. For notes of the acts relating to discriminating duties, vol. 4, page 2.