Informal adjudication scheme that implements the "Agreement for Facilitating the International Circulation of Visual and Auditory Materials of an Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Character (commonly referred to as the Beirut Agreement of 1948). (Third General Session of UNESCO; Beirut, Lebanon; 1948; 17 UST 1578). The Beirut Agreement is intended to promote the free flow and exchange of scientific and educational material between nations through elimination of import and customs duties on such materials. DOS authenticates/certifies both import and export audio-visual materials as covered by the Beirut Agreement (i.e., eligible to receive favorable import/customs treatment).
Department of State (DOS) regulations implementing the Beirut Agreement are set forth in 22 CFR Part 61. Procedures are sparse. Persons/entities seeking certification as covered audio-visual materials submit application to DOS. If the Attestation Officer issues an adverse ruling, the party/entity may appeal. to the Attestation Program Review Board.
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