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CBP Classification Rulings on Footwear, Wind Turbine Components, Dental Lamps

Friday, November 07, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

In the Nov. 5, 2014, Customs Bulletin and Decisions, U.S. Customs and Border Protection revoked or modified classification rulings on the following products, effective for merchandise entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Jan. 5, 2015.

Product: Aquatic training shoes.
Action: Modification of HQ H012677.
New ruling: HQ H032829.
New classification: HTSUS 6404.11.90, tennis shoes, basketball shoes, gym shoes, training shoes and the like (20 percent duty).
Explanation: The shoes have protrusions on both sides and drain holes on the bottom, neither of which provides traction during sporting activities or is similar to spikes or cleats. Instead, these shoes are specifically designed for athletic training in the water.

Product: Cast iron piece that acts as the base/floor of a wind turbine generator set.
Action: Revocation of NY N090476.
New ruling: HQ H169057.
New classification: HTSUS 8412.90.90, other parts of engines and motors (duty-free).
Explanation: This frame is a subpart of the complete wind turbine, in that it is a part of the wind engine (which is itself a part of the wind turbine), and as such is not provided for under HTSUS heading 8503.

Product: Dental halogen lamps designed for mounting onto a dentist chair.
Action: Revocation of HQ 965968.
New ruling: HQ H073927.
New classification: HTSUS 9018.49.80, dental instruments (duty-free).
Explanation: There is evidence that these lamps are only used in the dental setting and meet the broad definition of apparatus used to aid the dentist in diagnosing disease.

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