Thursday, July 05, 2007

Update of 2007 HTS Revenue Neutrality

I probably should have posted this sooner, as the date for comments is tomorrow. But, it remains interesting. I previously posted about the concern that certain changes to the 2007 tariff were not revenue neutral as was the goal (if not the express requirement) of the statute.

The International Trade Commission has decided to take a look at that issue and is seeking public comment. The proposal specifically affects a couple products including bamboo flooring and radio receivers that were made subject to higher rates of duty under the 2007 changes. The proposal calls for retroactive application of lower rates. Also included in the notice are changes requested by Customs & Border Protection for administrative purposes and to better conform to the Harmonized System. In all likelihood, these changes will become the law soon.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

FYI BAMBOO FLOORING
4409.21.05
[HTS heading 4409] Wood (including strips and friezes for parquet flooring,not assembled) continuously shaped (tongued,grooved, rebated, chamfered, V-jointed, beaded, molded, rounded or the like) along any of its edges, ends or faces, whether or not planed, sanded or end-jointed::
[Specifically 4409.21.05] Nonconiferous: Of bamboo: Wood continuously shaped along any of its ends, whether or not also continuously shaped along any of its edges or faces, all the foregoing whether or not planed, sanded or end-jointed
m3 3.2% Free (A,AU,BH,CA,CL,CO,E,IL,J,JO,MA,MX,OM,P,PA,PE,SG) 2.5% (KR) 33 1/3%

The most recent HTS custums ruling (N017610, N0100035) changed the HTS code for "Bamboo Strand Flooring" from 4418.90.45 (2006) to 4418.90.46 (2008). The "Rate of Duty" remained the same at 3.2%