ANNOUNCEMENT 02 Jun 2021
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced a reclassification ruling that increased the import duties on hard seltzer.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
U.S. CUSTOMS BULLETIN AND DECISIONS, VOL. 55, NO. 21, JUNE 2, 2021, “REVOCATION OF TWO RULING LETTERS AND REVOCATION OF TREATMENT RELATING TO THE TARIFF CLASSIFICATION OF HARD SELTZER”. Available at: https://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/assets/documents/2021-Jun/Vol_55_No_21_complete.pdf
On 2 June 2021, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a ruling relating to the tariff classification of hard seltzer. With the ruling, CBP reclassified five different flavors of hard seltzer as other fermented beverages under HTSUS 2206.00.90 rather than as beer made from malt under HTSUS 2203.00.0060. With the new classification, the import tariff of the subject product has increased from duty-free to 4.2 cents per liter duty.
This ruling will become effective on or after August 1, 2021.