Background

The following final revocations and modifications of U.S. Customs and Border Protection classification rulings are included in the May 19, 2021, Customs Bulletin and Decisions. These changes will be effective with respect to goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after July 19.

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Interactive Displays

CBP is reclassifying certain interactive displays (liquid crystal display video monitors containing a touch overlay, a central processing unit, speakers, and connectors for various signal inputs and outputs) as other automatic data processing machines under HTSUS 8471.41.01 (duty-free) rather than as combined input/output units under HTSUS 8471.60.10 (duty-free). CBP explains that users of these items can perform the functions of word processing, web surfing, email, spreadsheet manipulation, etc., which provide general purpose computing, but that the items also serve as a display and interactive medium for specific classroom programs. Ruling HQ H314277 will revoke ruling HQ H304416 to reflect this change.

Tablet Covers

CBP is reclassifying tablet and e-reader covers as articles of plastic under HTSUS 3926.90.9990 (5.3 percent duty) rather than as plastic office or school supplies under HTSUS 3926.10.0000 (5.3 percent duty). The items at issue are folding covers/stands for electronic devices. They are constructed of molded polycarbonate plastic covered on the exterior with cellular polyurethane plastic sheeting backed with plain woven textile fabric. The lining is cellular sponge plastic sheeting backed with nonwoven textile fabric. There are also some cushioning layers of cellular foam plastic between the shell and the lining in the front cover.

CBP states that these items are not office or school supplies because tablets and e-readers can be used in myriad locations for various purposes beyond the office or school.

Ruling HQ H295585 will revoke rulings NY N209825, NY N223955, NY N225563, NY N225565, and NY N227736, and modify rulings NY N150305 and NY N208195, to reflect this change.

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