Thursday, May 28, 2015

Customs Proposes to Reclassify and Lower Tariffs on Car Seat Covers

In nine binding ruling letters issued from 1995 through 2003, U.S. Customs classified automobile seat covers in heading 6304, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States ("HTSUS"), as "other furnishing articles" with rates of duty ranging from 6.4% to 10.9%. In another ruling, in 2007, Customs classified an automobile seat cover in heading heading 6307, HTSUS, as an "other made up article of textile." The rate of duty was 7%.

Now Customs believes those rulings to be in error and proposes to revoke them. It is now Custom's position that the subject automobile seat covers are all classified in heading 8708, HTSUS, which provides for "Parts and accessories of the motor vehicles of headings 8701 to 8705." The rate of duty is 2.5%

Comments are invited on the correctness of the proposed action. Comments are due on or before June 19, 2015.

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