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The Import-Export Clause

By Boris I Bittker and Brannon P Denning


A companion piece to the Commerce Clause of the Constitutionis the less well-known Import-Export Clause:No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay anyImposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may beabsolutely necessary for executing its inspection Laws; andthe net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any Stateon Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury ofthe United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to theRevision and Controul of the Congress.The Import-Export Clause was the principal remedy proposedby the Philadelphia Convention to remedy the commercialstrife that characterized the relations among the statesunder the Articles of Confederation, as noted by the SupremeCourt in 1976

Topics: Law
Publisher: Yale Law School Legal Scholarship Repository
Year: 1998
OAI identifier: oai:digitalcommons.law.yale.edu:fss_papers-3380
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