Background

In the July 21, 2021, Customs Bulletin and Decisions, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is proposing to reclassify self-wrapping tubular protective sleeves as other textile products under HTSUS 5911.90.0080 (3.8 percent duty) rather than as narrow woven fabrics under HTSUS 5806.32.2000 (6.2 percent duty) or braids in the piece under HTSUS 5808.10.7000 (7.4 percent duty).

These sleeves are designed to bundle and protect wire harnesses, cable assemblies, hoses, wire harnesses, and fluid-carrying tubing components from chafing, cutting, and abrasion. Applications include automotive, marine, aviation, and electronics. CBP explains that these items are classifiable under heading 5811 because they are textile articles (i.e., textile items with a fixed identity and dimensions) that are used for industrial use (i.e., principally used to cover wiring assemblies in cars and trucks).

Rulings NY N282623, NY N259747, NY N259737, NY N259736, and NY N259746 would be revoked to reflect this change. Comments on this proposed change are due by Aug. 20.

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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