Background

The following proposed modification of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection ruling is included in the April 15, 2020, Customs Bulletin and Decisions. Comments on this proposed change are due by May 15.

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

In ruling HQ H097658, CBP indicated that two mandrels with pilot drills are classified as parts of tools for drilling in heading 8207. These items are cylinders made of metal that have an indentation at one end into which a metal drill bit is fitted or around which other metal is fixed so that it may be worked.

CBP is now proposing to modify this ruling to clarify that the mandrels are classified as tool holders for hand tools under HTSUS 8466.10.01 (3.9 percent duty). As a result, they are excluded from heading 8207, which the relevant Explanatory Notes state excludes such goods.

This change does not affect the classification under HTSUS 8202.99.00 of a bi-metal hole saw kit that contains the subject mandrels.

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