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CBP Ruling Changes on Bridal Accessories, Clothing Steamers, Jackets, Solar Panels

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
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The following proposed revocations and modifications of U.S. Customs and Border Protection classification or country of origin rulings are included in the Oct. 17, 2018, Customs Bulletin and Decisions. Comments are due no later than Nov. 16.

Bridal Accessories. CBP is proposing to reclassify decorative bridal accessories as artificial flowers under HTSUS 6702.90.65 (17 percent duty) rather than as other articles of semiprecious stones under HTSUS 7116.20.40 (10.5 percent duty). The items at issue consist of imitation pearl stamens made of talc or powder of talc that are attached to paper stems. CBP explains that talc is no longer considered a semiprecious stone and so articles of talc are no longer included in chapter 71. Rulings NY H84824 and E80988 would be revoked to reflect this change.

Clothing Steamers. CBP is proposing to reclassify electric handheld clothes steamers as other electrothermic appliances of a kind used for domestic purposes under HTSUS 8516.79.00 (2.7 percent duty) rather than as immersion heaters under HTSUS 8516.10.0080 (duty-free). CBP explains that the primary function of these items is the application of steam to fabric and not the heating of water. Ruling NY N258858 would be revoked to reflect this change.

Men’s Jackets. CBP is proposing to reclassify a men’s jacket as knitted outerwear under HTSUS 6101.30.2010 (28.2 percent duty) rather than as knitted garments under HTSUS 6110.30.3053 (32 percent duty). This jacket has an outer layer of 100 percent polyester, a middle layer of polyurethane film, and an inner layer of 100 percent polyester microfleece knit fabric. CBP explains that this item features three attributes of jackets (a heavyweight shell fabric, pockets below the waist, and a heavy-duty zipper) and provides a level of protection from the weather that rises to the level of warmth and protection afforded by garments of heading 6101. Ruling NY N288630 would be revoked to reflect this change.

Solar Panels. CBP is proposing to modify ruling NY N227976 to state that China is not the country of origin of solar panels assembled in China using both Chinese and non-Chinese components because they are not substantially transformed there. Instead, CBP proposes to hold that Germany is the country of origin because the polycrystalline solar cells that constitute the very essence of the panels are entirely manufactured in Germany and do not lose their identity and become an integral part of the panels when combined with other components in China.

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