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Revocation, Modification of Rulings on Classification, NAFTA Eligibility

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The following final revocations and modifications of U.S. Customs and Border Protection rulings are included in the Aug. 9, 2017, Customs Bulletin and Decisions and will be effective for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Oct. 9.

Lanyard of Glass Beads. CBP is reclassifying a lanyard of glass beads as an article of glass beads under HTSUS 7018.90.50 (6.6 percent duty) rather than as glass beads under HTSUS 7018.10.5000 (1.9 percent duty). CBP explains that this article does not consist of loose glass beads but rather is a finished lanyard comprised of glass beads. Ruling HQ H269055 is modifying ruling NY N034500 to reflect this change.

NAFTA Eligibility. CBP is reversing previous determinations on whether certain flavored and unflavored sugar syrups qualify for preferential tariff treatment under NAFTA. Rulings HQ H281296 and HQ H282979 are modifying rulings NY N271090 and NY N271047 to reflect this change.  

Football Girdles and Pants. CBP is reclassifying football girdles and pants as other knit manmade fiber garments under HTSUS 6114.30.30 (14.9 percent duty) rather than as football equipment under HTSUS 9506.99.2000 (duty-free). CBP explains that while the material and location of the padding in these items may lend them to a particular use it does not cause them to be something other than apparel. Ruling HQ H274971 is revoking rulings NY N007196 and N052472 and modifying ruling NY M80510 to reflect this change.

Wafer Catalysts. CBP is reclassifying wafer catalysts, which consist of a fiber alloy of precious metals sintered onto a gauze wafer, as other articles of precious metal under HTSUS 7115.90.60 (4 percent duty) rather than as catalytic preparations under HTSUS 3815.12.0000 (duty-free). Ruling HQ H249645 is revoking ruling NY N244307 to reflect this change.

Decorative Plush Figures. CBP is reclassifying two Halloween-themed decorative plush figures as toys under HTSUS 9503.00.0090 (duty-free) rather than as other made up textile articles under HTSUS 6307.90.9889 (7 percent duty). CBP explains that these figures’ physical characteristics are that of a plush article of amusement and that the expectation of the ultimate purchaser, the channels of trade, and the environment of sale all weigh in favor of classifying the figures as toys. Ruling HQ H275175 is revoking ruling NY N264243 to reflect this change.

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