Importers of battery chargers or external power supplies (EPSs), and manufacturers or sellers of consumer products that include battery chargers or EPSs, are likely subject to strict energy conservation standards. By virtue of Department of Energy (DOE) regulations that took effect in February 2016 and June 2018 for EPSs and battery chargers, respectively, manufacturers and

In ruling NY N304661, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determined the classification of an alarm clock for the hearing impaired. The Futuristic Alarm Clock is a digital alarm clock with an opto-electronic display that exhibits the hour, minute, AM/PM indicator and snooze button.  The Futuristic Alarm Clock features a dimmable clock display, dimmable light emitting

In Ruling NY N304567, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determined the classification of a storm glass weather forecaster. This item uses a liquid mixture of distilled water, potassium nitrate, ammonium chloride, ethanol, and camphor to predict atmospheric change. The liquid in the glass appears cloudy when precipitation is approaching; when crystals are visible in the

In ruling NY N304446, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determined the classification a piece of training, conditioning and strength building equipment, called “The Finisher.” It is designed for football training. “The Finisher” is 67.2 inches long, 23.5 inches high, 30 inches wide and weighs 260 pounds and described as a cross between a push sled

In today’s protectionist environment, importers are facing heightened legal risks and a potential False Claims Act (“FCA”) violation when providing information to Customs and Border Patrol (“CBP”).  Earlier this month, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York filed a civil fraud lawsuit against Manhattan-based children’s apparel companies Stargate Apparel, Inc.

In Ruling NY N304557, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determined the classification of “dummy” security cameras from China. These are plastic items manufactured in the shape of security cameras with no internal components to allow it to record or capture still images.  The cameras contain a battery-powered, blinking LED light as their only electrical component

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published a federal register notice today outlining the process for submitting Section 301 exclusion requests for List 3.  The USTR noted that if an exclusion is granted, it will effective from the day the 10% tariff came to effect (i.e. from September 24, 2018).  The USTR also introduced a new

In NY N303834, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determined the classification of sport helmets with integrated wireless headphones. The hard-shell of the helmet is composed of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) which is not reinforced and is constructed with an inner lining of expanded polystyrene (EPS). It features a removable goggle clip and is manufactured