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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 hosiery. At issue are the classification and the applicable tariff for graduated compression hosiery prescribed by physicians and sold in medical and surgical supply stores as surgical stockings with graduated compression for orthopedic treatment. These items had previously been classified under HTSUS subheading 6115.30.9010 and subject to a 14.6% duty, but CBP has ruled that they may be reclassified under HTSUS subheading 6115.10.05 and thus be duty-free. The decision was made on the reasoning that given their channels of sale, use and therapeutic effectiveness these items are substantially similar to other surgical graduated compression stockings CBP has previously classified. The principal suppliers of these products are Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, and El Salvador. Comments on this matter are due no later than June 3, and the final modification will be effective for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after July 5.
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