Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has withdrawn a proposal to reclassify an air cushion system designed to dampen road vibrations and shocks transmitted from a truck frame to the passenger compartment. This system is situated between the frame and the wheel axle and functions as an integral part of the suspension system. It consists of a metal bead plate, a flexible bellow made of vulcanized rubber reinforced with nylon cord, and a rubber bumper and metal piston mount. It does not include any sort of metal spring.

CBP had proposed to reclassify this item as other articles of vulcanized rubber under HTSUS 4016.99.55 (2.5 percent duty). However, following its reconsideration of the matter in light of public comments, CBP has determined that these items remain properly classified as motor vehicle parts and accessories under HTSUS 8708.99.55 (2.5 percent duty) and that revocation of ruling NY R01224 “is not appropriate.” CBP offered no explanation for its decision other than to say it “will not issue a ruling where it appears contrary to the sound administration of the customs and related laws.”

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

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