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Classification Changes for Chemical Products, Kayak Seat Backs, Plastic Coolers

Friday, December 27, 2019
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The following proposed and final revocations and modifications of U.S. Customs and Border Protection rulings are included in the Dec. 11, 2019, Customs Bulletin and Decisions. Comments on the proposed changes are due by Jan. 10, 2020, and the final changes will be effective with respect to goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Feb. 10, 2020.

For more information on how to seek or utilize classification and other rulings, please contact customs attorney Deb Stern at (305) 894-1007.

Chemical Products

CBP is proposing to reclassify (a) an antibiotic used as an anti-parasitic agent for cattle and swing as other heterocyclic compounds under HTSUS 2932.20.50 (3.7 percent duty) rather than as other antibiotics under HTSUS 2941.90.5000 (3.7 percent duty), (b) a pharmaceutical intermediate packaged in bulk form as other heterocyclic compounds under HTSUS 2932.20.50 (3.7 percent duty) rather than as other chemical products under HTSUS 3824.90.9150 (5 percent duty), and (c) products used in the formulation of products used as miticides and insecticides other insecticides and similar products under HTSUS 3808.99.95 (5 percent duty) rather than as other chemical products under HTSUS 3824.90.9150 (5 percent duty). Rulings NY 869250, NY H85785, and NY K86757 would be revoked, and ruling NY H87465 would be modified, to reflect this change.

Kayak Seat Backs

CBP is reclassifying kayak seat backs as cushions and similar furnishings under HTSUS 9404.90.20 (6 percent duty) rather than as other articles of plastic under HTSUS 3926.90.9980 (5.3 percent duty). Ruling HQ H286422 will modify ruling NY N181156 to reflect this change.

Plastic Coolers

CBP is proposing to reclassify hard-sided coolers made of molded plastic and insulated by polyurethane foam as structured rigid plastic cases under HTSUS 4202.12.2120 (20 percent duty) rather than as plastic furniture under HTSUS 9403.70.4031 (duty-free) and 9403.70.8031 (duty-free), other plastic articles for the conveyance or packing of goods under HTSUS 3923.10.90, or other plastic kitchenware under HTSUS 3924.10.4000 (3.4 percent duty). CBP explains that these coolers are of the same kind as those enumerated in heading 4202 because they (a) are used by consumers to store, organize, and protect items while travelling, (b) are rectangular containers with hinged tops and a single compartment for storing specific items, and (c) when of a larger size, usually include handles to allow for ease when traveling. Ruling NY N285560 would be modified, and rulings HQ 085323, NY N024773, NY N259674, NY N262814, NY N263691, and NY N276904 would be revoked, to reflect this change.

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