Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is accepting comments through Oct. 12 on a petition requesting the reclassification of certain steel table pans intended to be placed in a steam table or a food warmer to keep food hot. CBP currently classifies these pans as table, kitchen, or other household articles and parts thereof under HTSUS 7323.93.00, but the petitioner contends that they are properly classified as parts of heating machines under HTSUS 8419.90.95.

The petitioner asserts that steam tables, which are gas or electric powered machines used in commercial food service operations to heat and hold prepared food, are a type of steam-heated cooker and therefore appropriately classified under heading 8419. The petitioner also asserts that the subject pans are parts of steam tables because they are principally used with them; e.g., they are specifically designed to fit within the standard size well of a steam table, transfer heat from the steam to the food, and withstand extended exposure to steam.

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