U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reclassifying disposable bibs, changing pads, and potty toppers as apparel or other articles of paper of a kind used for household or sanitary purposes under HTSUS 4818.50.00 or 4818.90.00 (both duty-free) rather than as diapers and diaper liners and similar articles under HTSUS 9619.00.1100 (duty-free). CBP explains that articles of heading 9619 absorb bodily fluids and fit snugly to the human body, neither of which is true for the articles at issue.

Ruling HQ H291001 will revoke rulings NY N243080 and NY N256859 to reflect this change, effective with respect to goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Dec. 13.

For more information on how to seek or utilize classification and other rulings, please contact customs attorney Deb Stern at (305) 894-1007.

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