An Act To provide for the free importation of articles for exhibition at fairs, exhibitions, or expositions, and for other purposes

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When the Secretary of Commerce is satisfied that the public interest in promoting trade will be served, he shall so advise the Secretary of the Treasury, designating the name of the fair, the place where the fair will be held, and the date when the fair will open and when it will close. The Secretary of Commerce may prescribe such regulations as he deems necessary or appropriate to carry out the provisions of this Act. Provisions are set forth for the disposition of articles entered for fairs including: exportation; transfer of such fair to other customs custody status or to a foreign-trade zone, destroyal, or abandonment to the Government.


  • United States. Secretary of Commerce
  • United States. Secretary of the Treasury
  • Trade Fair Act of 1959


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • 73 Stat. 18
  • Title 19, Customs Duties
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large


This Act may be cited as the "Trade Fair Act of 1959".

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73 Stat. 18 (1959); Pub. L. No. 86-14 (Book)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


  • 1960
  • 04/22/1959


  • Duty-free importation
  • Trade shows
  • Fairs
  • Exhibitions


Public Law

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Number of pages: 2; Page Numbers: 18-19

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