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CBP Ruling Changes on Tea, Mattresses, Furniture Parts, Laser Markers, Keyboards

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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 Aug. 24, 2016, Customs Bulletin and Decisions. Comments on the proposed revocations and modifications are due no later than Sept. 23 and the final revocations and modifications will be effective for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Oct. 24.

Flavored Teas. CBP is proposing to reclassify flavored teas as tea under HTSUS 0902.10.10 (6.4 percent duty) rather than as preparations with a basis of tea under HTSUS 2101.20.90 (8.5 percent duty). Rulings NY N004103 and NY N041686 would be modified, and ruling NY G87506 would be revoked, to reflect this change.

Cam Fastener. CBP is proposing to reclassify a cam fastener and dowel composed of zinc, which are used to fasten or bind parts of furniture together, as other articles of zinc under HTSUS 7907.00.60 (3 percent duty) rather than as other furniture and parts thereof under HTSUS 9403.90.8041 (duty-free). Ruling NY N259010 would be revoked to reflect this change.

Mattresses. CBP is proposing to reclassify hospital bed and chair mattresses as articles of bedding under HTSUS 9404.21.0095 (3 percent duty) rather than as medical furniture under HTSUS 9402.90.00 (duty-free). Rulings NY H87018 and E84866 would be revoked to reflect this change.

Laser Markers. CBP is reclassifying certain cold laser markers used to mark gems as machine tools that use lasers to remove material under HTSUS 8456.10.8000 (2.4 percent duty) rather than as machine tools for working mineral materials under HTSUS 8464.90.0120 (2 percent duty). Ruling HQ H253888 will revoke ruling NY N210384 to reflect this change.

Relabeled Computer Keyboards. CBP has issued ruling HQ H268757 to modify ruling NY L83879 and hold that relabeling computer keyboards with new part numbers and UPC labels abroad is a repair or alteration eligible for duty-free treatment under HTSUS subheading 9802.00.50. CBP explains that in previous cases where marking or affixing a label to a product was deemed an acceptable alteration for purposes of subheading 9802.00.50 that labeling served an identification purpose, as is also the case here.

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