Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a final determination concerning the country of origin of certain upholstered wood chairs that may be offered to the U.S. government. Any party-at-interest may seek judicial review of this determination by July 5.

According to CBP, the items at issue are solid wood or high-pressure laminate upholstered chairs. Wooden components and related hardware imported as kits from China are combined in the U.S. with seats made in the U.S. from U.S.-origin fabric, plastic welt cord, dust covers, and foam.

In ruling HQ H338482, CBP concludes that the last substantial transformation of the imported wood components occurs in the U.S. because when those components are integrated with the U.S. components they lose their individual identities and become an integral part of a new article possessing a new name, character, and use.

CBP issues country of origin advisory rulings and final determinations as to whether an article is or would be a product of a designated country or instrumentality for the purposes of granting waivers of certain “Buy American” restrictions in U.S. law or practice for products offered for sale to the U.S. government. For more information on BAA requirements or restrictions, please contact Mark SegristMark Tallo, or Josh Rodman.

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