(a) The importation into the United States of agricultural and vegetable seeds and screenings
thereof is governed by rules and regulations prescribed jointly by the Secretary of
the Treasury and the Secretary of Agriculture under section 402(b) of the Federal
Seed Act of August 9, 1939 (7 CFR part 201).
(b) Under the said joint rules and regulations, port directors are required to draw samples
of such seeds and screenings, forward them to the seed laboratories, and notify the
owner or consignee that such samples have been drawn and that the shipment shall be
held intact pending a decision of the Livestock, Meat, Grain, and Seed Division, Agricultural
Marketing Service, in the matter.
(c) It is further provided in said joint rules and regulations that after samples have
been drawn such seeds and screenings shall be admitted into the commerce of the United
States only if they have been found to meet the requirements of the Federal Seed Act
of August 9, 1939, and the said regulations, but if the containers bear sufficient
marks of identification the port director may release the shipment, pending examination
and decision in the matter, upon the giving of a bond. The bond shall be filed with the port director on Customs Form 301 and contain the
bond conditions set forth in § 113.62 of this chapter. In case of default the port director shall issue a claim for liquidated damages
under the bond.
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