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Classification Changes: Data Recorders, Textile Fibers, Soft-sided Coolers

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The following final revocations and modifications of classification rulings by U.S. Customs and Border Protection are included in the July 8, 2015, Customs Bulletin and Decisions. The final revocations and modifications will be effective for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Sept. 8.

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Data Recorders and Components. CBP is reclassifying digital strip data recorders as other measuring or checking instruments under HTSUS 9031.80.80 (1.7 percent duty) rather than as parts of instruments of chapter 90 under HTSUS 9033.00.00 (4.4 percent duty). These devices are microprocessor-driven thermal print units with motor-driven paper transport that are primarily used in medical, scientific and industrial applications. Ruling HQ H126636 will revoke ruling NY 861163 to reflect this change.

CBP is also reclassifying two types of drive assemblies for use in data recording instruments as other parts of measuring or checking instruments under HTSUS 9031.90.90 (1.7 percent duty) rather than as parts of instruments of chapter 90 under HTSUS 9033.00.00 (4.4 percent duty). Ruling HQ 219316 will revoke rulings HQ 952499, NY 881722 and NY H80308 to reflect this change.

Textile Fibers. CBP is reclassifying polyvinyl alcohol fibers chopped into lengths of less than 5 mm as textile fibers not exceeding 5 mm in length under HTSUS 5601.30.00 (duty-free) rather than as other synthetic staple fibers under HTSUS 5503.90.9000 (4.3 percent duty). Ruling HQ H209959 will revoke NY R04929 to reflect this change.

Soft-sided coolers. CBP is reclassifying two soft-sided insulated cooler bags as other insulated food or beverage bags with outer surface of textile materials under HTSUS 4202.92.10 (3.4 percent duty) and another under as other insulated food or beverage bags under HTSUS 4202.92.08 (7 percent duty).  Ruling HQ H088427 will revoke rulings NY N024016, NY N024015, NY N024831 and NY N047035 to reflect this change.

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