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Classification Changes for Arm Sleeves, Gloves and Mitts, Actuators, Boot Covers

Tuesday, August 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 Aug. 21, 2019, Customs Bulletin and Decisions. Comments on the proposed changes are due by Sept. 20, and the final changes will be effective with respect to goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Oct. 21.

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

Arm Sleeves

CBP is proposing to reclassify knit fabric arm sleeves used to provide compression support during sports-related activities as other made-up articles under HTSUS 6307.90.9889 (7 percent duty) rather than as clothing accessories under HTSUS 6117.80.9540 (14.6 percent duty). CBP explains that the items are not accessories because there are no specific clothing articles for which they are solely or principally used. CBP also rejects the argument that these items are festive articles or costumes classifiable under heading 9505. Ruling NY N258826 would be revoked to reflect this change.

Gloves and Mitts

CBP is proposing to reclassify an acrylic pile mitt and knit fabric gloves, both worn to create the appearance of a cartoon character hand, as knit gloves and mitts under HTSUS 6116.93.88 (18.6 percent duty) rather than as festive articles under HTSUS 9505.90.60 (duty-free). CBP explains that HTSUS Chapter 95 note 1(v) specifically states that this chapter does not cover gloves and mitts. Ruling NY B87119 would be revoked and ruling NY N006668 would be modified to reflect this change.

Plastic Spray Actuators

CBP is reclassifying plastic spray bottle actuators as hand-operated mechanical appliances for spraying liquids under HTSUS 8424.89.90 (1.8 percent duty) rather than as parts of such appliances under HTSUS 8424.90.9080 (3.7 percent duty) or as plastic caps under HTSUS 3923.50.0000 (5.3 percent duty). Rulings NY 874164 and NY R00270 would be revoked to reflect this change.

Rubber Boot Covers

CBP is reclassifying 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 HQ H303063 will revoke ruling NY N295514 to reflect this change.

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