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    18 USC Sec. 544                                             01/05/2009




    Sec. 544. Relanding of goods


      If any merchandise entered or withdrawn for exportation without
    payment of the duties thereon, or with intent to obtain a drawback
    of the duties paid, or of any other allowances given by law on the
    exportation thereof, is relanded at any place in the United States
    without entry having been made, such merchandise shall be
    considered as having been imported into the United States contrary
    to law, and each person concerned shall be fined under this title
    or imprisoned not more than two years, or both; and such
    merchandise shall be forfeited.
      The term "any place in the United States", as used in this
    section, shall not include the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Wake
    Island, Midway Islands, Kingman Reef, Johnston Island, or Guam.


    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 716; June 30, 1955, ch. 258, Sec.
    2(c), 69 Stat. 242; Pub. L. 103-322, title XXXIII, Secs.
    330004(18), 330016(1)(K), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2142, 2147;
    Pub. L. 104-294, title VI, Sec. 604(b)(23), Oct. 11, 1996, 110
    Stat. 3508.)


      Based on section 1589 of title 19, U.S.C., 1940 ed., Customs
    Duties (June 17, 1930, ch. 497, title IV, Sec. 589, 46 Stat. 750).
      The final paragraph was added to conform with section 1709 of
    title 19, U.S.C., 1940 ed.
      Minor changes were made in phraseology.
      1996 - Pub. L. 104-294 amended Pub. L. 103-322, Sec. 330004(18).
    See 1994 Amendment note below.
      1994 - Pub. L. 103-322, Sec. 330016(1)(K), substituted "fined
    under this title" for "fined not more than $5,000" in first par.
      Pub. L. 103-322, Sec. 330004(18), as amended by Pub. L. 104-294,
    Sec. 604(b)(23), struck out "Philippine Islands," before "Virgin
    Islands" in last par.
      1955 - Act June 30, 1955, inserted reference to Johnston Island
    in last par.
                     EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1996 AMENDMENT
      Amendment by Pub. L. 104-294 effective Sept. 13, 1994, see
    section 604(d) of Pub. L. 104-294, set out as a note under section
    13 of this title.
                     EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1955 AMENDMENT
      Amendment by act June 30, 1955, effective July 1, 1955, see
    section 2(d) of act June 30, 1955, set out as a note under section
    1401 of Title 19, Customs Duties.
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