In a recent opinion, the US Court of International Trade (CIT) found that certain fabric covered pool floats should be classified as plastics — not textiles — for tariff purposes. Despite the textile elements of the floats, the sequential application of the General Rules of Interpretation led the CIT to find that the air-filled
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Chemical Duties: Federal Circuit Affirms Decision of U.S. Court of International Trade
In a customs classification case, Chemtall, Inc. v. United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a U.S. Court of International Trade (“CIT”) ruling that the vinyl polymer acrylamide tertiary butyl sulfonic acid was properly classified under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”).
The Federal Circuit was…
CIT Finds that Home Depot Doorknobs Are Locks
In a recent opinion, the Court of International Trade upheld the determination by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that certain doorknobs imported by home-improvement retailer Home Depot are properly classified as locks and subject to a higher duty than other doorknobs.
In essence, the dispute came down to a question of whether a doorknob…
CIT Finds Thanksgiving Feast Is Not a ‘Ritual’
In a recent decision, the Court of International Trade shot down an importer’s argument that its Thanksgiving and Christmas-themed serve ware and dinnerware should be exempt from duties as instruments of “specific religious or cultural ritual celebrations.”
Subheading 9817.95.01 of the Harmonized Tariff…