21 USC Sec. 957 01/05/2009
TITLE 21 - FOOD AND DRUGS
CHAPTER 13 - DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION AND CONTROL
SUBCHAPTER II - IMPORT AND EXPORT
Sec. 957. Persons required to register
No person may -
(1) import into the customs territory of the United States from
any place outside thereof (but within the United States), or
import into the United States from any place outside thereof, any
controlled substance or list I chemical, or
(2) export from the United States any controlled substance or
list I chemical,
unless there is in effect with respect to such person a
registration issued by the Attorney General under section 958 of
this title, or unless such person is exempt from registration under
subsection (b) of this section.
(1) The following persons shall not be required to register under
the provisions of this section and may lawfully possess a
controlled substance or list I chemical:
(A) An agent or an employee of any importer or exporter
registered under section 958 of this title if such agent or
employee is acting in the usual course of his business or
(B) A common or contract carrier or warehouseman, or an
employee thereof, whose possession of any controlled substance or
list I chemical is in the usual course of his business or
(C) An ultimate user who possesses such substance for a purpose
specified in section 802(25) (!1) of this title and in conformity
with an exemption granted under section 956(a) of this title.
(2) The Attorney General may, by regulation, waive the
requirement for registration of certain importers and exporters if
he finds it consistent with the public health and safety; and may
authorize any such importer or exporter to possess controlled
substances or list I chemicals for purposes of importation and
(Pub. L. 91-513, title III, Sec. 1007, Oct. 27, 1970, 84 Stat.
1288; Pub. L. 98-473, title II, Sec. 523, Oct. 12, 1984, 98 Stat.
2076; Pub. L. 103-200, Sec. 3(e), Dec. 17, 1993, 107 Stat. 2337.)
REFERENCES IN TEXT
Section 802(25) of this title, referred to in subsec. (b)(1)(C),
was redesignated section 802(26) of this title by Pub. L. 98-473,
title II, Sec. 507(a), Oct. 12, 1984, 98 Stat. 2071, and was
further redesignated section 802(27) of this title by Pub. L. 99-
570, title I, Sec. 1003(b)(2), Oct. 27, 1986, 100 Stat. 3207-6.
1993 - Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 103-200, Sec. 3(e)(1)(A), inserted
"or list I chemical" after "controlled substance".
Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 103-200, Sec. 3(e)(1)(B), substituted "or
list I chemical," for "in schedule I, II, III, IV, or V,".
Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 103-200, Sec. 3(e)(2)(A), inserted "or
list I chemical" after "controlled substance" in introductory
provisions and subpar. (B).
Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 103-200, Sec. 3(e)(2)(B), inserted "or
list I chemicals" after "controlled substances".
1984 - Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 98-473 inserted reference to
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1993 AMENDMENT
Amendment by Pub. L. 103-200 effective on date that is 120 days
after Dec. 17, 1993, see section 11 of Pub. L. 103-200, set out as
a note under section 802 of this title.
Section 1104 of Pub. L. 91-513, as amended by Pub. L. 99-514,
Sec. 2, Oct. 22, 1986, 100 Stat. 2095, provided that:
"(a)(1) Any person -
"(A) who is engaged in importing or exporting any controlled
substance on the day before the effective date of section 1007
[May 1, 1971],
"(B) who notifies the Attorney General that he is so engaged,
"(C) who is registered on such day under section 510 of the
Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act [section 360 of this title]
or under section 4722 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986
[formerly I.R.C. 1954, section 4722 of title 26],
shall, with respect to each establishment for which such
registration is in effect under any such section, be deemed to have
a provisional registration under section 1008 [section 958 of this
title] for the import or export (as the case may be) of controlled
"(2) During the period his provisional registration is in effect
under this section, the registration number assigned such person
under such section 510 or under such section 4722 (as the case may
be) shall be his registration number for purposes of part A of this
title [this subchapter].
"(b) The provisions of section 304 [section 824 of this title],
relating to suspension and revocation of registration, shall apply
to a provisional registration under this section.
"(c) Unless sooner suspended or revoked under subsection (b), a
provisional registration of a person under subsection (a)(1) of
this section shall be in effect until -
"(1) the date on which such person has registered with the
Attorney General under section 1008 [section 958 of this title]
or has had his registration denied under such section, or
"(2) such date as may be prescribed by the Attorney General for
registration of importers or exporters, as the case may be,
whichever occurs first."
(!1) See References in Text note below.