Background

The following final revocations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection rulings are included in the Dec. 9, 2020, Customs Bulletin and Decisions. These changes will be effective with respect to goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Feb. 7, 2021.

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Footwear

CBP is reclassifying certain women’s footwear as athletic footwear under HTSUS 6404.11.90 (20 percent duty) rather than as slip-on footwear under HTSUS 6404.19.3960 (37.5 percent duty). Ruling HQ H285615 will revoke ruling NY N279073 to reflect this change.

The item at issue is a women’s lightweight, closed toe/closed heel, below-the-ankle shoe with a flexible outer sole of rubber or plastics and an upper with an external surface area of predominantly textile material. It does not have a separately attached tongue; instead, the mostly unsecured leather overlay, which incorporates the eye stays and threaded laces, is stitched to the upper with a few stitches.

CBP states that these shoes are not slip-ons, which are precluded from classification as athletic footwear, because the shoelaces are tightened after the wearer puts on the shoe. The shoelaces also further secure the shoe to the wearer’s foot so the wearer has sufficient support and can engage in activities requiring extensive running or fast footwork without worrying about the shoe slipping off.

Inspection Systems

CBP is reclassifying digital camera inspection systems as television cameras under HTSUS 8525.80.30 (duty-free) rather than as flat panel monitors under HTSUS 8528.59.15 or 8528.59.25 (duty-free). CBP states that it is the camera component of this composite good, not the monitor component, that performs its principal function. Ruling HQ H270703 will revoke rulings NY N107616 and NY N255535 to reflect this change.

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