Background

The following proposed revocations and modifications of U.S. Customs and Border Protection rulings are included in the Sept. 2, 2020, Customs Bulletin and Decisions. Comments on these proposed changes are due by Oct. 2.

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

Machine Covers

CBP is proposing to reclassify disposable fleece covers for a mechano-therapy device as other made-up articles under HTSUS 6307.90.98 (7 percent duty) rather than parts or as accessories of mechano-therapy appliances under HTSUS 9019.10.20 (duty-free). CBP explains that these covers are neither parts nor accessories to the machines because the machines can function without them and the covers do not directly affect the machines’ operation or contribute to their effectiveness. Rulings HQ 966911 and NY N051743 would be revoked, and ruling HQ H283893 would be modified, to reflect this change.

Network Equipment

CBP is proposing to reclassify wireless network range extension devices (known as powerline adapters) as other machines for the reception, conversion, and transmission or regeneration of voice, images, or other data under HTSUS 8517.62.0090 (duty-free) rather than as switching and routing apparatus under HTSUS 8517.62.0020 (duty-free). CBP explains that these items do not perform switching or routing themselves and instead rely on an external switching or routing device. Rulings NY N304478 and N300884 would be revoked to reflect this change.

Walking Poles

CBP is proposing to reclassify two styles of walking poles as walking sticks under HTSUS 6602.00.00 (4 percent duty) rather than as articles for physical exercise under HTSUS 9506.99.6080 (4 percent duty). CBP explains that the common commercial meaning of the term “walking sticks” includes walking poles. Rulings NY N016801 and NY N010380 would be revoked to reflect this change.

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