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Classification Changes for Fence Post Parts, Laminated Fabrics, Thickened Beverages

Tuesday, October 08, 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 Oct. 2, 2019, Customs Bulletin and Decisions. Comments on the proposed changes are due by Nov. 1 and the final changes will be effective with respect to goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Dec. 2.

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

Fence Post Bracket Assembly

CBP is reclassifying a wood fence post bracket assembly as a threaded stud of iron or steel under HTSUS 7318.15.5090 (duty-free) rather than as other articles of iron or steel under HTSUS 7326.90.8587 (2.9 percent duty). This assembly is composed of a bracket (an L-shaped steel rod), a locknut made of zinc-plated steel and an injection molded nylon insert, and a plastic bobbin used to support a live wire on an electrified fence. CBP states that the assembly is a composite good but that none of its components provide its essential character. As a result, the assembly must be classified under GRI 3(c) in the heading that occurs last in numerical order among those that equally merit consideration. Ruling HQ H268650 will revoke ruling NY L83439 to reflect this change.

Laminated Fabrics

CBP is proposing to revoke ruling HQ H192977 concerning the country of origin of four styles of laminated fabrics used for the manufacture of window blinds. These items consist of face fabrics that are woven in China or India and then sent to England, where they are laminated to backings woven in Pakistan and adhesive films made in Italy before being wound onto rolls for export to the U.S. CBP initially determined that the country of origin of the laminated fabrics was the country in which the face fabric was woven (China or India) but now states that it is the country in which the final products are wholly assembled (England).

Thickened Beverages

CBP is proposing to reclassify thickened beverages designed for consumption by those suffering from dysphagia as other nonalcoholic beverages under HTSUS 2202.99.90 (0.2 cents/liter duty) rather than as other food preparations under HTSUS 2106.90.9897 or 2106.90.9898 (6.4 percent duty). Rulings NY N301921 and NY N301923 would be modified to reflect this change.

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