22 CFR 502
World-wide Free Flow of Audio-visual Materials
Sec. 502.1
Purpose

The United States Information Agency administers the "Beirut Agreement of 1948", a multinational treaty formally known as the Agreement for Facilitating the International Circulation of Visual and Auditory Material of an Educational, Scientific and Cultural Character. This Agreement facilitates the free flow of educational, scientific and cultural audio-visual materials between nations by providing favorable import treatment through the elimination or reduction of import duties, licenses, taxes, or restrictions. The United States and other participating governments facilitate this favorable import treatment through the issuance or authentication of a certificate that the audio-visual material for which favorable treatment is sought conforms with criteria set forth in the Agreement.


Daily CFR (TM) Note
59 FR 18963, No. 77, Apr. 21, 1994

SUMMARY: By this notice the Agency is adopting final regulations governing its administration of the Agreement for Facilitating the International Circulation of Visual and Auditory Materials of an Educational, Scientific and Cultural Character (Beirut Agreement of 1948). A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals (9th Circuit) and Congressional enactment of legislation affecting the Agency's implementation of the Beirut Agreement dictate that new regulations be adopted.

EFFECTIVE DATE: These regulations will take effect upon publication.