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CBP Proposes Change on Drawback for Hydrated or Pitted Prunes

Friday, April 12, 2013
By Shawn McCausland
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is proposing to revoke its treatment of the process of hydrating and pitting prunes as a manufacture or production process for purposes of unused merchandise drawback under 19 USC 1313(b). This process involves placing the prunes in a steamer or cooker to be hydrated (increasing their moisture level from 18% to approximately 25%), then pitting them and placing them under a laser scanner to detect pits or pit fragments that may remain. CBP states that while this procedure is intended to make the prunes more desirable to consumers, it does not transform them into a different product nor does it change their character or make them fit for a particular use. Comments on this proposed revocation are due no later than May 10.

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