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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 cast socks. At issue are the classification and the applicable tariff for socks used to cover the foot while wearing a cast as an accessory used solely or principally with an orthopedic appliance. These items had previously been classified under HTSUS subheading 6115.96.9020 and subject to a 14.6% duty, but CBP has ruled that they may be reclassified under HTSUS subheading 9021.10.00 and thus be duty-free. The decision was made on the reasoning that given its design this item is only suitable to be worn with a cast. The principal suppliers of these products are China, Chinese Taipei, El Salvador, Honduras, India, Pakistan, and the Republic of Korea. Comments on this matter are due no later than June 3, and the final modification will be effective for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after July 5.
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