Act No. 1341

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ACT NO. 1341

ACT NO. 1341 - AN ACT TO AMEND ACT NUMBERED THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-FIVE, KNOWN AS THE PHILIPPINE CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATIVE ACT, BY DECLARING ALL PORTS AND PLACES IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS OPEN TO VESSELS LICENSED TO ENGAGE IN THE COASTWISE TRADE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

Section 1. Section one hundred and fifty-one of Act Numbered Three hundred and fifty-five, entitled "An Act to constitute the customs service of the Philippine Archipelago and to provide for the administration thereof," is hereby amended to read as follows: �

"Sec. 151. All ports and places in the Philippine Islands are hereby declared open to vessels regularly licensed to engage in the coastwise trade, and no entrance or clearance to or from such ports shall be required, except as provided for in sections one hundred and thirty-six and one hundred and thirty-seven of this Act: Provided, however, That the Governor-General may by proclamation close any port or place in the Philippine Islands to the coastwise trade, and any vessel found entering a place so closed by proclamation of the Governor-General shall be subject to a fine of not less than five dollars nor more than five hundred dollars."

Sec. 2. Section one hundred and thirty-six of said Act is hereby amended to read as follows:

"Sec. 136. The master of every vessel licensed for carrying on the coasting trade shall, previous to the departure of such vessel from a port of entry, make out and subscribe duplicate manifests of the whole of the cargo on board such vessel, specifying in such manifests the marks and numbers of packages, the port of destination, and the names of the respective consignees. He shall deliver such manifests to the collector or other customs official duly authorized, before whom he shall swear to the best of his knowledge and belief that the goods therein contained, if foreign, were imported legally and that the duties thereon have been paid or secured. Thereupon the said collector or customs official shall certify the same on the manifests, one of which he shall return to the master with a permit specifying thereon, generally, the lading on board such vessel, and authorizing him to proceed to his port of destination, retaining the duplicate.

"If any vessel, being laden, and destined as mentioned in this section, shall depart from a port of entry without the master having first made out and submitted duplicate manifests of the lading on board such vessel in the form and manner prescribed herein, such master shall be liable to a penalty of not more than one hundred dollars nor less than five dollars, or one dollar per net ton, in the discretion of the collector: Provided, however, That the manifests specified in this section shall not be required for cargo transported between ports in the Philippine Islands which are not ports of entry: And provided further, That all cargo laden on board a vessel at a port in the Philippine Islands for transportation to a port of entry shall be manifested by the master of the vessel as above specified."

Sec. 3. Section one hundred and thirty-seven of said Act is hereby amended to read as follows:

"Sec. 137. The master of every vessel licensed for carrying on coasting trade shall, previous to the unlading at a port of entry of any part of the cargo of such vessel, deliver to the collector of customs or other customs official residing at the port the manifest of the cargo for said port of entry. Thereupon the collector of customs or other customs official shall grant a permit for unlading a part or the whole of such cargo as the master of the vessel may request.

"If the master of such vessel mentioned in this section shall neglect or refuse to deliver said manifest at the time and in the manner directed, he shall be liable to a penalty of not more than one hundred dollars nor less than five dollars, or one dollar per net ton, in the discretion of the collector." �

Sec. 4. Section two hundred and eighty-four of said Act is hereby amended to read as follows:

"Sec. 284. The following papers shall not be issued, received, granted, or in any manner recognized by any customs officer unless there shall be fixed thereto a lawful customs stamp or stamps of the Philippine Islands, representing the value in United States currency as follows, subject to the exemptions prescribed by section one hundred and thirty-five of this Act for vessels possessing second-class coastwise licenses:

"For each foreign clearance $2.00

"For each foreign entrance 2.00

"For each coastwise clearance (to be charged at ports of entry only)
except for vessels possessing a special license:'
"For vessels up to 75 tons, net .20
"For vessels from 75 to 125 tons, net .50
"For vessels from 125 to 200 tons, net 1.00
"For vessels from 200 to 300 tons, net 1.50
"For vessels from 300 tons, net, and upward 2.00

"For each inward coastwise manifest (to be charged at ports of
entry only) except for vessels possessing a 'special license:'
"For vessels up to 75 tons, net .20
"For vessels from 75 to 125 tons, net .50
"For vessels from 125 to 200 tons, net 1.00
"For vessels from 200 to 300 tons, net 1.50
"For vessels from 300 tons, net, and upward 2.00

"For each bill of health .50

"For each outward foreign passenger list .50

"For each original export entry exceeding $25 in value .50

"For each original import entry exceeding $25 in value .50

"For each original withdrawal entry .20

"For each entry for immediate transportation in bond .50

"For each original free entry, except free entries of stores for
Government use, exceeding $10 in value .20

"For each original certificate .50

"For each original bond .50

"For each copy of official document .50"

Sec. 5. Act Numbered Three hundred and seventy-six and section one hundred and thirty-eight of Act Numbered Three hundred and fifty-five are hereby repealed.

Sec. 6. The public good requiring the speedy enactment of this bill, the passage of the same is hereby expedited in accordance with section two of "An Act prescribing the order of procedure by the Commission in the enactment of laws," passed September twenty-sixth, nineteen hundred.

Sec. 7. This Act shall take effect on July first, nineteen hundred and five.

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