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CSMS #97-000261
   
  Title: C/O MARKING - WEST BANK/GAZA
  Date: 3/18/1997 4:00:42 PM
  To: Automated Broker Interface
 
 
   
 
TO : ALL ABI BROKERS.                                                     

FROM : GARY MANES                                                         

SUBJECT : C/O MARKING - WEST BANK/GAZA                                    

DATE : 03/18/97                                                           



                                7077071                                   
                            MARCH 18, 1997                                


                                             FILE:  MAN-1-FO:TA           





TO     :  U.S.. CUSTOMS PERSONNEL, BROKERS, IMPORTERS, AND                
          INTERESTED PARTIES                                              

FROM   :  DIRECTOR, TRADE AGREEMENTS                                      

SUBJECT: COUNTRY OF ORIGIN MARKING OF PRODUCTS FROM THE WEST BANK         
         AND GAZA                                                         


THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE ON BEHALF OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY            
ASKED THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY TO ACCEPT A COUNTRY OF               
ORIGIN MARKING "WEST BANK/GAZA" THAT WILL REAFFIRM THE                    
TERRITORIAL UNITY OF THE TWO AREAS.  THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE ALSO         
CONSIDERS THE WEST BANK AND GAZA STRIP TO BE ONE AREA FOR                 
POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, LEGAL AND OTHER PURPOSES.  ACCORDINGLY, THE          
DEPARTMENT OF STATE HAS REQUESTED THAT CUSTOMS  ACCEPT THE                
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN MARKINGS, "WEST BANK/GAZA" AND "WEST BANK AND           
GAZA," FOR PRODUCTS FROM THESE AREAS, AND THAT CUSTOMS CONTINUE           
TO ACCEPT THE MARKINGS "WEST BANK,""GAZA," AND "GAZA STRIP."              

THEREFORE,  ACCEPTABLE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN MARKINGS FOR GOODS               
PRODUCED IN THE TERRITORIAL AREAS KNOWN AS THE WEST BANK OR GAZA          
STRIP CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING: "WEST BANK/GAZA," "WEST BANK/GAZA         
STRIP,""WEST BANK AND GAZA,""WEST BANK AND GAZA STRIP,""WEST              
BANK," "GAZA," AND "GAZA STRIP."  THESE CHANGES WERE EFFECTIVE            
FOR MERCHANDISE ENTERED OR WITHDRAWN FROM WAREHOUSE, FOR                  
CONSUMPTION OR AFTER MARCH 14, 1997, THE DATE OF PUBLICATION IN           
THE FEDERAL REGISTER.                                                     

ANY QUESTIONS CONCERNING THIS MATTER SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO GARY           
MANES AT  (202)  927-1133.                                                



                                              JOYCE METZGER