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Classification Changes Proposed for Labels, Decorative Charms, Knife Care Sets

Thursday, May 10, 2018
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The following proposed revocations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection classification rulings are included in the May 9, 2018, Customs Bulletin and Decisions. Comments on these proposals are due no later than June 8.

Plastic and Paper Labels. CBP is proposing to classify self-adhesive paper and plastic labels and tape as printer parts under HTSUS 8443.99.25 (duty-free) rather than as self-adhesive plastic shapes under HTSUS 3919.10.2055 (5.8 percent duty) or HTSUS 3919.90.5060 (5.8 percent duty), self-adhesive paper under HTSUS 4811.41.2100 (duty-free), or paper labels under HTSUS 4821.90.2000 (duty-free). CBP explains that these items meet the definition of parts because they are integral to, and dedicated solely for use with, a specific printer. Ruling NY N246471 would be revoked to reflect this change.

Decorative Charms. CBP is proposing to classify plastic character charms on a hook and loop strip that can be used to decorate various items as imitation jewelry under HTSUS 7117.90.75 (duty-free) rather than as other plastic articles under HTSUS 3926.40.0000 (5.3 percent duty). CBP explains that these items are similar to those listed as exemplars in Note 9(a) to HTSUS Chapter 71 and can thus be described as imitation jewelry. CBP also finds that these items cannot be described as toys and that heading 3926 describes only part of the items. Ruling NY N241834 would be revoked to reflect this change.

Knife Care Set. CBP is proposing to classify a knife care set (which includes cotton polishing cloths, a talc powder ball, a bottle of food grade oil, and polishing sticks) as articles of mineral substances under HTSUS 6815.99.20 (duty-free) rather than as articles of precious or semiprecious stones under HTSUS 7116.20.4000 (10.5 percent duty). CBP explains that the talc powder ball that imparts the essential character of the set contains talcum powder and is thus classified in heading 6815. Ruling NY N245711 would be revoked to reflect this change.

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