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[§§ 2511-2516. Repealed P.L. 102-494, § 4202(a), Oct. 23, 1992, 106 Stat. 2659]

[§ 2517. Transferred to § 2523]

[82518. Transferred to § 2522]


[§§ 2521-2523. Repealed P.L. 102-494, § 4202(a), Oct. 23, 1992, 106 Stat. 2659]

[§ 2524. Transferred to § 2513] [§ 2525. Transferred to § 2517]

[§ 2526. Transferred to § 2518]




Supplies: preference to United States vessels.

§ 2631. Supplies: preference to United States vessels

(a) Only vessels of the United States or belonging to the United States may be used in the transportation by sea of supplies bought for the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps. However, if the President1 finds that the freight charged by those vessels is excessive or otherwise unreasonable, contracts for transportation may be made as otherwise provided by law. Charges made for the transportation of those supplies by those vessels may not be higher than the charges made for transporting like goods for private per


(b)(1) In each request for proposals to enter into a time-charter contract for the use of a vessel for the transportation of supplies under this section, the Secretary of Defense shall require that any reflagging or repair work on a vessel for which a proposal is submitted in response to the request for proposals be performed in the United States (including any territory of the United States).

(2) In paragraph (1), the term "reflagging or repair work" means work performed on a vessel

(A) to enable the vessel to meet applicable standards to become a vessel of the United States; or

(B) to convert the vessel to a more useful military configu


(3) The Secretary of Defense may waive the requirement described in paragraph (1) if the Secretary determines that such waiver is critical to the national security of the United States. The Secretary shall immediately notify the Congress of any such waiver and the reasons for such waiver.

(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 146; Nov. 30, 1993, P.L. 103-160, §315(a), 107 Stat. 1619.)

1The functions of the President under section 2631(a) were delegated to the Secretary of Defense, with authority for redelegation, by a memorandum of the President of August 7, 1985 (50 Fed. Reg. 36565).

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