[Title 3 CFR 6955]
[Code of Federal Regulations (annual edition) - January 1, 1997 Edition]
[Title 3 - Presidential Documents]
[Proclamation 6955 - Proclamation 6955 of November 13, 1996]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]


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Proclamation 6955 of November 13, 1996
To Provide Duty-Free Treatment to Products of the West Bank and the Gaza 
Strip and Qualifying Industrial Zones
A Proclamation
1. Section 9(a) of the United States-Israel Free Trade Area 
Implementation Act of 1985, as amended (the ``Act'') (19 U.S.C. 2112 
note), authorizes the President to proclaim elimination or modification 
of any existing duty under certain conditions as the President 
determines is necessary to exempt any article of the West Bank or Gaza 
Strip or a qualifying industrial zone from duty.
2. Section 9(c) of the Act authorizes the President to proclaim that 
articles of Israel may be treated as though they were articles directly 
shipped from Israel for the purposes of the U.S.-Israel Free Trade 
Agreement (the ``Agreement'') even if shipped to the United States from 
the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, or a qualifying industrial zone, if the 
articles otherwise meet the requirements of the Agreement.
3. Section 9(d) of the Act authorizes the President to proclaim that the 
cost or value of materials produced in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, or 
a qualifying industrial zone may be included in the cost or value of 
materials produced in Israel under section 1(c)(i) of Annex 3 of the 
Agreement, and the direct costs of processing operations performed in 
the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, or a qualifying industrial zone may be 
included in the direct costs of processing operations performed in 
Israel under section 1(c)(ii) of Annex 3 of the Agreement.
4. Section 9(e) of the Act authorizes the President to specify areas 
that constitute qualifying industrial zones for purposes of the Act.
5. Pursuant to section 9(a) of the Act, I have determined that the 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) should be modified 
to provide duty-free entry to qualifying articles that are the product 
of the West Bank or Gaza Strip or a qualifying industrial zone and are 
entered in accordance with the provisions of section 9 of the Act.
6. I have decided that articles of Israel may be treated as though they 
were articles directly shipped from Israel for the purposes of the 
Agreement even if shipped to the United States from the West Bank, the 
Gaza Strip, or a

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qualifying industrial zone, if the articles otherwise meet the 
requirements of the Agreement.
7. I have decided that the cost or value of materials produced in the 
West Bank, the Gaza Strip, or a qualifying industrial zone may be 
included in the cost or value of materials produced in Israel under 
section 1(c)(i) of Annex 3 of the Agreement, and the direct costs of 
processing operations performed in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, or a 
qualifying industrial zone may be included in the direct costs of 
processing operations performed in Israel under section 1(c)(ii) of 
Annex 3 of the Agreement.
8. Section 604 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2483) authorizes the 
President to embody in the HTS the substance of the provisions of that 
Act, and of other acts affecting import treatment, and actions 
thereunder.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM J. CLINTON, President of the United States of 
America, acting under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and 
the laws of the United States, including but not limited to section 301 
of title 3, United States Code, section 9 of the Act (19 U.S.C. 2112 
note), and section 604 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2483), do 
proclaim that:
    (1) In order to provide the tariff treatment being accorded under 
the Act, the HTS is modified as set forth in the Annex to this 
proclamation.
    (2) I delegate to the United States Trade Representative the powers 
granted to me in section 9(e) of the Act to specify through notice in 
the Federal Register areas constituting qualifying industrial zones.
    (3) The modifications to the HTS made by the Annex shall be 
effective with respect to goods entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for 
consumption, on and after the third day after the date of publication of 
this proclamation in the Federal Register.
    (4) All provisions of previous proclamations and Executive orders 
that are inconsistent with the actions taken in this proclamation are 
superseded to the extent of such inconsistency.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirteenth day of 
November, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-six, and 
of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and 
twenty-first.
                                                    WILLIAM J. CLINTON  
  

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