Scheme Nickname: 
Beirut Agreement - authentication of Audio-visual materials

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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Resources & Articles: 
USAID, Notice of Final Rulemaking, 59 Fed. Reg. 18,963 (April 21, 1994) (rule revision per federal legal challenges)
Joel Brinkley, "In Focus: The US Movie Reviewer," New York Times (Mar. 19, 1984)
DOS, Final Rule (64 Fed. Reg. 54,538, 54,539 (Oct. 7, 1999) (redesignated as DOS program as part of foreign affairs consolidation)
Other Comments: 
* Formerly USAID Program, Re-Designated (By Congress) as DOS Program: In 1999, per congressional consolidation of various foreign affairs matters, implementation of (and adjudication) responsibilities for the Beirut Agreement was shifted from US Agency for International Development to Dept. of State. See 64 Fed. Reg. 54538. * Scheme/Adjudication In Name Only Now?: Based on correspondence with DOS OGC, there were no adjudications under the Beirut Agreement in FY2013, nor any other recent years that anyone there could recall. Nor is program/hearing office listed on the DOS organizational chart. It would thus appear to be an adjudication scheme in name only in recent years.
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