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CITE

    18 USC Sec. 546                                             01/05/2009

EXPCITE

    TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
    PART I - CRIMES
    CHAPTER 27 - CUSTOMS

HEAD

    Sec. 546. Smuggling goods into foreign countries

STATUTE

      Any person owning in whole or in part any vessel of the United
    States who employs, or participates in, or allows the employment
    of, such vessel for the purpose of smuggling, or attempting to
    smuggle, or assisting in smuggling, any merchandise into the
    territory of any foreign government in violation of the laws there
    in force, if under the laws of such foreign government any penalty
    or forfeiture is provided for violation of the laws of the United
    States respecting the customs revenue, and any citizen of, or
    person domiciled in, or any corporation incorporated in, the United
    States, controlling or substantially participating in the control
    of any such vessel, directly or indirectly, whether through
    ownership of corporate shares or otherwise, and allowing the
    employment of said vessel for any such purpose, and any person
    found, or discovered to have been, on board of any such vessel so
    employed and participating or assisting in any such purpose, shall
    be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or
    both.
      It shall constitute an offense under this section to hire out or
    charter a vessel if the lessor or charterer has knowledge or
    reasonable grounds for belief that the lessee or person chartering
    the vessel intends to employ such vessel for any of the purposes
    described in this section and if such vessel is, during the time
    such lease or charter is in effect, employed for any such purpose.

SOURCE

    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 717; Pub. L. 103-322, title
    XXXIII, Sec. 330016(1)(K), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)

HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES

      Based on section 1702 of title 19, U.S.C., 1940 ed., Customs
    Duties (Aug. 5, 1935, ch. 438, title I, Sec. 2, 49 Stat. 518).
      Changes were made in phraseology.

REFERENCES IN TEXT

      The laws of the United States respecting the customs revenue,
    referred to in text, are classified generally to Title 19, Customs
    Duties.

AMENDMENTS

      1994 - Pub. L. 103-322 substituted "fined under this title" for
    "fined not more than $5,000" in first par.
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