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CBP Ruling Revocations and Modifications: Flame Retardant, Tubing, Anti-Theft Device, Drugs

Monday, November 16, 2015
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The following proposed or final revocations and modifications of U.S. Customs and Border Protection classification rulings are included in the Nov. 10, 2015, Customs Bulletin and Decisions. Comments on the proposed revocations and modifications are due no later than Dec. 10 and the final revocations and modifications will be effective for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Jan. 11, 2016.

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Brominated Polystyrene. CBP is proposing to reclassify Saytex HP 7010, also known as brominated polystyrene, as other polymers of styrene in primary forms under HTSUS 3903.90.50 (6.5 percent duty) rather than as other chemical products under HTSUS 3824.90. This product is a flame retardant polymeric additive indicated for use in engineering plastic applications. CBP explains that this product is a chemically modified polymer and that such items are classified according to their constituent polymeric material, polystyrene. Ruling NY N074315 would be revoked to reflect this change.

Plastic Heat Shrink Tubing. CBP is reclassifying plastic heat shrink tubing used for insulating electrical conductors as other articles of plastic under HTSUS 3926.90.99 (5.3 percent duty) rather than as electrical insulators under HTSUS 8546.90.00 (duty-free). CBP explains that this tubing does not share physical characteristics of electrical insulators nor is it a device that fixes or guides electrical currents. Ruling HQ H118307 will revoke NY 843391 and modify ruling NY H80297 to reflect this change.

Anti-Theft Device. CBP is reclassifying a device for preventing the theft of clothes (an ink capsule attached with a steel pin to the clothes) as other articles of plastics and other materials under HTSUS 3926.90.9995 (5.3 percent duty) rather than as other printing ink under HTSUS 3215.90.5000 (1.8 percent duty). CBP explains that the plastic shell of the capsule provides this item with its essential character, whereas the ink is incapable of operating on its own. Ruling HQ H080818 will revoke rulings NY 888345, NY C84082 and NY 885120 to reflect this change.

Cyclosporine. CBP is reclassifying cyclosporine as other lactams under HTSUS 2933.79.85 (duty-free) rather than as natural antibiotics under HTSUS 2941.90.10 (duty-free) or drugs under HTSUS 2933.99.90 (duty-free). This product is a drug used to prevent organ rejection in kidney, liver and heart transplants. CBP explains that cyclosporine does not exhibit antibiotic activity and is not used as such; instead, it meets the description of a heterocyclic compound and is a lactam because its molecules contain one or more amide functions in a ring. Ruling HQ H192519 will revoke ruling NY G81655 and modify rulings NY 801521 and NY 801775 to reflect this change.

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