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CBP Identifies Country of Origin of Certain Sit-Stand Workstations

Monday, March 13, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a final determination concerning the country of origin of certain sit-stand desktop workstations that may be offered to the U.S. government under an undesignated government procurement contract. Any party-at-interest may seek judicial review of this determination by April 12. CBP issues country of origin advisory rulings and final determinations as to whether an article is or would be a product of a designated country or instrumentality for the purposes of granting waivers of certain “Buy American” restrictions in U.S. law or practice for products offered for sale to the U.S. government.

The product under consideration is comprised of a Chinese origin lift assembly and a U.S. origin laminated particle board work surface and keyboard tray. The Chinese lift assembly is assembled in the U.S. with a laminated particle work surface and keyboard tray, right and left keyboard support brackets, and a metal support bar made in the U.S. The processes that occur in the U.S. include sawing, profiling, sanding, hot-pressing, and trimming to manufacture the work surface and keyboard tray, as well as laser-cutting, bending, and painting of the sheet metal components followed by final assembly of the U.S. origin and the imported components.

Based on these facts, CBP determined that the imported lift assembly is substantially transformed as a result of the assembly performed in the U.S. to produce the finished workstations.

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