ANNOUNCEMENT 24 Jun 2021

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced a reclassification ruling that reduced the import duties on sanded down and buffed amber stones.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 0 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising

SOURCE

CUSTOMS BULLETIN AND DECISIONS, VOL. 55, NO. 24, “REVOCATION OF FOUR RULING LETTERS AND REVOCATION OF TREATMENT RELATING TO THE TARIFF CLASSIFICATION OF CERTAIN MINERAL STONES”. Available at: https://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/assets/documents/2021-Jun/Vol_55_No_24_complete.pdf

Inception date: 22 Aug 2021 | Removal date: open ended

Import tariff

On 24 June 2021, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a ruling relating to the tariff classification of certain mineral stones including (i) natural amber stones, (ii) sanded down and buffed amber stones, (iii) natural selenite stones, and (iv) calcite geodes and aragonite specimens. The tariff classification has reduced the import tariff of sanded down and buffed amber stones from 2.7% to duty-free. Sanded down and buffed amber stones were previously classified under HTSUS 9602.00.50, with the new ruling, CBP reclassified sanded down and buffed amber stones under HTSUS 9705.00.0090. Tariff reclassifications of other mineral stones didn’t change the import tariff of those mineral stones.

This ruling will become effective on or after August 22, 2021.

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