Classification Changes: Medical Alert Bracelets, Boarding Bridges, Drugs

Excerpt from: Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade | July 20 2015

The following proposed or final revocations and modifications of classification rulings by U.S. Customs and Border Protection are included in the July 15, 2015, Customs Bulletin and Decisions. Comments on the proposed revocations and modifications are due no later than Aug. 14, and the final revocations and modifications will be effective for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Sept. 14.

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Medical Alert Bracelets. CBP is proposing to reclassify two styles of medical alert bracelets (one of neoprene rubber covered with knit nylon fabric and the other of woven 100 percent nylon fabric) as imitation jewelry under HTSUS 7117.90.90 or 7117.19.90 (both 11 percent duty) rather than as other clothing accessories under HTSUS 6117.80.9540 or 6217.10.9530 (both 15 percent duty).

Thymoglobulin. CBP is reclassifying a drug used to treat renal transplant acute rejection as other antisera and other blood fractions and modified immunological products under HTSUS 3002.10.02 (duty-free) rather than as other medicaments put up in measured doses or in forms or packings for retail sale under HTSUS 3004.90.91 (duty-free). Ruling HQ H250457 will revoke ruling NY L80355 to reflect this change.

Passenger Boarding Bridges. CBP is reclassifying bridges designed to be used as an embarking and disembarking passageway between a terminal and an aircraft as passenger boarding bridges of a kind used in airports under HTSUS 8479.71.00 rather than as lifting and handling machines under HTSUS 8428.90.0090. Ruling HQ H108235 will revoke rulings NY D85781, NY B88222 and NY D88830 to reflect this change.

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