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CBP Classification Rulings on Bike Seats, Cold Compresses, Work Gloves, D-Lysine

Thursday, February 06, 2014
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In the Feb. 5, 2014, Customs Bulletin and Decisions, U.S. Customs and Border Protection proposed to revoke or modify classification rulings on the following products. Comments are due by March 7.

Product: Molded plastic bicycle-mounted child seats.
Proposed action: Revocation of NY N016953, NY N066722 and NY N166197.
Current classification: HTSUS 9401.80.4045, 9401.80.2030 and 9401.80.2031, other seats (duty-free).
Proposed classification: HTSUS 8714.99.80, other accessories of bicycles (10% duty).
Explanation: The seats meet the definition of an accessory because they (a) serve a purpose that is subordinate to but also in direct relationship with an adult bicycle and (b) increase the effectiveness of the adult bicycle by allowing it to transport more than one rider.

Also in the Feb. 5, 2014, Customs Bulletin and Decisions, CBP revoked or modified classification rulings on the following products, effective April 7.

Product: Ammonium nitrate cold compresses.
Action: Modification of NY M81919 and HQ W968297 and revocation of NY L81028.
Newruling: HQ H056864.
New classification: HTSUS 3105.10.00, products of mineral or chemical fertilizers put up in packages of a gross weight not exceeding 10 kg (duty-free).
Explanation: Ammonium nitrate, even if not used as a fertilizer, is a product of chapter 31, and if in packages of less than 10 kg falls within heading 3015.

Product: String-knit work gloves with a partial polyurethane coating.
Action: Revocation of NY N238691.
Newruling: HQ H246529.
New classification: HTSUS 6116.10.55, other plastic or rubber coated gloves (13.2% duty).
Explanation: The gloves are made entirely of a knit textile material that is subsequently coated with plastic, whereas only gloves coated entirely on both sides by plastic, or when the textile material is merely present for reinforcement, may be classified in HTSUS heading 3926.

Product: D-lysine, an isomer of lysine, which is an essential amino acid not synthesized in animals.
Action: Modification of NY N056378.
Newruling: HQ H091978.
New determination: Product is not eligible for duty-free treatment under General Note 13 of the HTSUS because lysine was deleted from the pharmaceutical appendix to the HTSUS in April 1997.

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