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CBP Classification Ruling Revocations and Modifications

Monday, June 12, 2017
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The following proposed and final revocations and modifications of U.S. Customs and Border Protection classification rulings are included in the June 7, 2017, Customs Bulletin and Decisions. Comments on the proposed revocations and modifications are due no later than July 7 and the final revocations and modifications will be effective for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Aug. 7.

Fragrance Component. CBP is proposing to reclassify a fragrance component, musk 50/DEP/BB/IPM (chemical name 1,3,4,6,7,8-hexamethyl-cyclopenta(G)-2-benzopyran), as a mixture with a basis of one or more odoriferous substances, of a kind used in industry, under HTSUS 3302.90.1050 (duty-free) rather than as a heterocyclic compound with oxygen hetero-atoms only under HTSUS 2932.99.7000 (3 cents/kg + 14.3 percent duty). CBP explains that because this substance is a mixture consisting of an odoriferous substance and diluents, and because it is used as a raw material for perfumery products, it is described by Explanatory Note 33.02 as an example of a product classifiable in heading 3302. Ruling NY 818805 would be modified to reflect this change.

Electrical Cables. CBP is proposing to reclassify certain electrical cables used in patient monitoring cable assemblies and certain wiring harnesses as other electrical conductors under HTSUS 8544.42.20 (duty-free) rather than as coaxial cable under HTSUS 8544.20.00 (5.3 percent duty). Ruling HQ W967779 would be modified and ruling HQ 961830 would be revoked to reflect this change.

Name Badge Components. CBP is proposing to reclassify certain name badge components separately and not as GRI 3(b) sets, as follows: (1) non-adhesive, peel-off transparent and paper label sheets would be classified as other paper under HTSUS 4821.90.40; (2) aluminum name plates would be classified as other articles of aluminum under HTSUS 7616.99.51; (3) steel name plates would be classified as other articles of steel under 7326.90.86; (4) plastic protective lens covers would be classified as other articles of plastic under HTSUS 3926.90.99; (5) rectangular rare earth magnets would be classified as metal magnets under HTSUS 8505.11.00; and (6) the specifically designed software that enables the consumer to design templates, store information, and print the names to be placed on badges would be classified as optical media under HTSUS 8523.49.40. CBP explains that the components must be assembled after purchase and are therefore not suitable for sale directly to users without repacking. Ruling HQ H217623 would be revoked, and ruling HQ 562821 would be modified, to reflect this change.

Knee Scooters. CBP is reclassifying non-motorized knee scooters that provide greater mobility to people with leg injuries as orthopedic appliances under HTSUS 9021.10.00 (duty-free) rather than as other vehicles not mechanically propelled under HTSUS 8716.80.5090 (3.2 percent duty). CBP explains that these scooters are not designed for transportation, which is a characteristic of vehicles of heading 8716, because they are not designed to be ridden by the user. Ruling H280343 will revoke rulings NY N246495 and NY N182928 to reflect this change.

Double-Walled Beverage Bottles. CBP is withdrawing a proposal to reclassify stainless steel, double-walled beverage bottles as vacuum flasks and other vacuum vessels under HTSUS 9617.00.10 (7.2 percent duty) rather than as table articles of steel under HTSUS 7323.93.0080 (2 percent duty). CBP received three comments in opposition to this change and after further review has determined that no modification to rulings NY N254461 and NY N264760 is necessary.

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