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In a decision issued on July 15, 2016, the Court of International Trade (CIT) issued a remand decision that certain screws are properly considered self-tapping screws and hence are subject to a lower rate of duty. To be more precise, Customs and Border Protection had classified the screws as other wood screws under HTSUS subheading 7318.12.00 (subject to a 12.5% duty), whereas the plaintiff claimed classification as self-tapping screws under HTSUS 7318.14.10 (6.2% duty). The CIT decision, which sides with the plaintiff, follows an earlier decision by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that the use of certain screws should be considered in determining their classification.
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