Congress failed to pass much needed and anticipated trade legislation last session. Issues the new House and Senate must face include: the extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance, the future of the Trade Promotion Authority, renewed Generalized System of Preferences, and a new Miscellaneous Tariff Bill.

The Future of the Trade Adjustment Assistance and Trade

Main Idea: Feeling positive about your country of origin determination? CBP’s decision on battery modules and packs confirms the importance of understanding the complexity of the substantial transformation rules.

In a decision impacting the electric vehicle, renewables, and other related industries, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discusses the country of origin of battery modules

Main Idea: GRI 3(b) of the HTSUS and the explanatory notes to the HTSUS control the classification of both goods put up in sets for retail sale, and individual composite goods.  

In ruling N329453 (Dec. 6, 2022), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discussed the tariff classification of an Outdoor Gift Set and

Main Idea:  A strong command of the HTSUS and how your facts may apply can open up significant and surprising opportunities for duty-savings for importers.

In ruling HQ H327171 (Nov. 22, 2022), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discusses the tariff classification of certain items (including jackets, hats, sports bags, globes, and blankets) imported for

Main Idea: Where goods are demonstrably for the use or benefit of handicapped persons, relief from general and additional duties is possible.

In ruling N328828 (Nov. 10, 2022), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discussed the tariff classification of a Stainless Steel Grab Bar from China and its eligibility for duty-free treatment under the Nairobi

Main Idea: Subheading 9817.60.0000 provides a significant duty-saving opportunity for importers, so long that the subheading’s very specific requirements are met.

In ruling N273612 (Mar. 31, 2016), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discussed the tariff classification of various equipment and goods used for the Copa América Centenario, referred to in English as

Main Idea: Subheading 8714.20.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), covers parts and accessories exclusively for “carriages for disabled persons,” but does not cover items that have multiple uses even if one of the uses is acting as a carriage for disabled persons.

In ruling N328762, (Nov. 8, 2022) U.S. Customs

Main Idea: Classification of apparel items requires a specifically robust understanding and reading of the applicable Section and Chapter notes, as noted by the unisex and water repellant provisions of Chapter 62.

In ruling N328725 (Oct. 28, 2022), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discusses the tariff classification of a unisex children’s jacket from

Main Idea: Comprehensive understanding of tariff classification and country of origin determinations is necessary for importers to determine the full scope of duties that may be applicable to their merchandise.

In N328620 (Oct. 27, 2022), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discussed the tariff classification and country of origin marking for a steel racking

Main Idea: Individuals or companies that do not possess customs broker licenses and recommend HTSUS subheadings for customers to use when making entry violate the customs laws when (i) customers request subheadings to use and (ii) unlicensed individuals or companies provides specific subheadings for specific goods that will be subject to entry when customers