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Floating Pool Loungers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is proposing to reclassify floating pool loungers made of both PVC air bladders and polyester mesh textile fabric as other inflatable articles under HTSUS 3926.90.7500 (4.2 percent duty) rather than as other made-up articles under HTSUS 6307.90.9889 (7 percent duty). CBP explains that these are composite goods and that it is the air bladders that contribute predominantly to their fundamental function and commercial identity.

Rulings NY N270096, HQ H145739, HQ 966929, HQ 965956, NY N179233, NY N042676, and NY M80804 would be revoked, and ruling NY N069035 would be modified, to reflect this change. Comments on this proposed change are due no later than Nov. 6.

Mineral Board Tiles

CBP reclassifying certain mineral board tiles designed for residential and commercial flooring and wall paneling as other articles of mineral substances under HTSUS 6815.99.4070 (duty-free) rather than as floor and wall tiles of artificial stone under HTSUS 6810.19.1400 (9 percent duty). CBP explains that it has long held that artificial stone must be comprised of natural rock uniformly agglomerated with a binder, whereas in the item at issue the polymer binder is agglomerated with mineral rather than stone.

Ruling HQ H298313 will revoke ruling NY N287603 to reflect this change, effective with respect to goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Dec. 6.

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