In the June 3, 2020, Customs Bulletin and Decisions, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is proposing to classify a neck tie as a tie of other textile materials under HTSUS 6215.90.00 (5 percent duty) rather than as a tie of silk or silk waste under HTSUS 6215.10.00 (7.2 percent duty). Ruling NY N284136 would be revoked to reflect this change. Comments on this proposed change are due by July 6.

The tie at issue has an outer shell composed of 55 percent linen and 45 percent silk woven fabric; an interlining composed of 63 percent cotton, 20 percent wool, and 17 percent viscose; and a lining composed of 57 percent polyester and 43 percent viscose. CBP states that the tie is a composite good classifiable according to the component that gives it its essential character pursuant to GRI 3(b). CBP concludes that the outer shell is that component because it contributes the most to the overall look and feel of the tie, which is thus classified according to the linen material that predominates in the outer shell.

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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