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CBP Ruling Changes: Hair Trimmers, Rubber Boot Covers, Sofas, Surgical Trays

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The following proposed or final revocations or modifications of U.S. Customs and Border Protection rulings are included in the July 3, 2019, Customs Bulletin and Decisions. Comments on the proposed changes are due no later than Aug. 2, and the final actions are effective for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Sept. 2.

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

Hair Trimmers

CBP is proposing to reclassify electric hair trimmers as hair clippers under HTSUS 8510.20.90 (4.5 percent duty) rather than as shavers under HTSUS 8510.00.00 (duty-free). CBP explains that the sole or primary cutting actions of these items are those described as belonging to clippers. Rulings NY N272219, NY N273910, NY N273911, NY N274044, and NY N274103 would be revoked to reflect this change.

Rubber Boot Covers

CBP is proposing to reclassify unisex, closed toe/closed heel, above-the-ankle, below-the-knee, pull-on shoe covers made of 100 percent natural latex rubber under HTSUS 6401.99.30 (25 percent duty) rather than under HTSUS 6401.92.9060 (37.5 percent duty). CBP explains that the latter subheading applies to footwear that covers the ankle, which the items at issue do not. Ruling NY N295514 would be revoked to reflect this change.

Reclining Sofa

CBP is reclassifying a wood-framed reclining sofa as a seat under HTSUS 9401.61.6011 (duty-free) rather than as a chair under HTSUS 9401.61.4011 (duty-free). CBP explains that for seats to be classified as chairs they can only accommodate one person, whereas the sofa at issue seats three people. Ruling HQ H290176 will modify ruling NY N289071 to reflect this change.

Surgical Tray

CBP is reclassifying specialized, color-coded surgical trays as other articles of iron or steel under HTSUS 7326.90.86 (2.9 percent duty) rather than as other instruments and appliances used in dental sciences and parts and accessories thereof under HTSUS 9018.49.8080 (duty-free). CBP explains that this tray is not a part of the associated dental drill, which is not attached to it and can operate without it, nor is it an accessory because it does not contribute to the drill’s effectiveness in making a diagnosis, preventing or treating an illness, or surgery. Ruling HQ H277654 will revoke ruling HQ H277654 to reflect this change.

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