ANNOUNCEMENT 19 Aug 2015In August 2015, the government of the United States of America announced a change in import duties.
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced a reclassification ruling in the August 19, 2015 edition of Customs Bulletin and Decisions that resulted in increase of the tariff applicable to battery backups. Lithium power sources designed to provide ten years of battery backup power for certain semiconductors had previously been classified under HTSUS subheading 8504.40.9540 (1.5% duty), but CBP has ruled that they may be reclassified under HTSUS subheading 8506.50.00 and thus subject to a 2.7% duty. Canada, China, Germany, Japan, and Mexico are the principal suppliers of this product. The final revocation and modification became effective for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after October 19, 2015.