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Industry Circular

Number: 70-21
Date: July 6, 1970

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Division
Washington, D.C. 20224

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WITHDRAWAL OF LIQUORS FOR USE ON AIRCRAFT; RECIPROCATING COUNTRIES

Proprietors of distilled spirits plants, bonded wine cellars, breweries, and others concerned:

Purpose. This circular is issued to inform you of the provisions of a revenue procedure which will be published in an early issue of the Internal Revenue Bulletin. The revenue procedure will announce the addition of the Republic of China, Colombia, and Czechoslovakia to the list of foreign countries to which the reciprocal privileges provided by section 309 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, may be extended and will advise that ground equipment may not be withdrawn under section 309 for aircraft registered in Australia and France.

Background. Under the provisions of the above-cited section of the Tariff Act, the privilege of withdrawing liquors free of tax or with benefit of drawback, for use as supplies (including equipment), maintenance, or repair, of aircraft registered in a foreign country is extended to aircraft registered in a foreign country only if the Secretary of the Treasury is advised by the Secretary of Commerce that such foreign country allows, or will allow, substantially reciprocal privileges to aircraft registered in the United States. The Secretary of Commerce has advised the Secretary of the Treasury that the Republic of China, except for ground equipment, Colombia, and Czechoslovakia extend such privileges to aircraft registered in the United States and engaged in foreign trade. Corresponding privileges are, therefore, extended to aircraft registered in the Republic of China, Colombia, and Czechoslovakia and engaged in foreign trade.

In accordance with Customs Bulletin No. 14, T.D. 70-73, the listing of Bahama Islands is changed to Bahamas and Eire is changed to Ireland.

Although Revenue Procedure 70-2 did not specify any exceptions for the countries of Australia and France, the Secretary of Commerce has now found that these countries do not allow exemption from tax on ground equipment brought into those countries for aircraft of United States registry engaged in foreign trade. Therefore, effective April 1, 1970, as to Australia and France, ground equipment may not be withdrawn under section 309(a)(3) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, for aircraft registered in such foreign countries.

Complete List of Foreign Countries. The complete list of foreign countries to which the privileges provided for by section 309 of the Tariff Act of 1930 maybe extended is now as follows:

Argentina Czechoslovakia Israel Portugal*
Australia* Denmark Italy* South Africa*
Bahamas Dominican Republic Jamaica* Spain
Belgium Ecuador Japan Sweden
Bermuda El Salvador Lebanon Switzerland
Brazil Finland Mexico Trinidad and
Canada France* Netherlands Tobago
Chile Germany, Federal Nicaragua Union of Soviet
China, Republic of* Republic of* Norway Socialist Republic
Colombia Greece Pakistan United Kingdom*
Costa Rica India Panama Venezuela
Ireland Peru

* (except for ground equipment).

Inquiries. Inquiries regarding this circular should refer to its number and be addressed to the office of your Assistant Regional Commissioner (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms).

Harold Serr

Harold A. Serr,

Director Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division

 
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