IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 05 Jul 2016 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Import tariff

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced several reclassification rulings in the May 4, 2016 edition of Customs Bulletin and Decisions. One of those reclassifications will result in a significant lowering of the tariff applicable to certain shoe covers. At issue are the classification and the applicable tariff for disposable shoe covers of the type that worn by persons in health care or food processing facilities over their regular footwear, with uppers of which more than 90 percent of the external surface area is rubber or plastic. These items had previously been classified under HTSUS subheading 6402.99.33 and subject to a 37.5% duty, but CBP has ruled that they may be reclassified under HTSUS subheading 6402.99.31 and pay instead a 6% duty. The decision was made on the reasoning that (a) the plastic layer covers the majority of the external surface area of the upper and (b) these shoe covers do not offer significant protection against water, oil, grease or chemicals or cold or inclement weather. The principal suppliers of these products are China and Vietnam. Comments on this matter are due no later than June 3, and the final modification will be effective for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after July 5.

AFFECTED COUNTRIES

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

293 Footwear other than sports footwear
6402 Other footwear with outer soles and uppers of rubber or plastics.
640299 Other

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