Sunday, July 12, 2009

Classification of Clocks & Watches

Thank you for joining us for our series on classification. Last Monday, we discussed the NAFTA Tariff Shifts. Today, we will explore the classification of clocks and watches.

Chapter 91 covers the importation of clocks, watches, parking meters, watchbands and other parts. Commercial invoices for products of this chapter require additional information. Chapter Note 3 defines the term "watch movements." The Additional U.S. Notes provide additional information on the types of watches. Additional U.S. Note 4 sets forth the special country of origin marking requirements. Generally, CBP considers the country of origin of a clock or watch to be the origin of its movement, not the country in which it was assembled. Special provisions are allowed for watches and clocks assembled in insular possessions.

Classification of watches and clocks is a little more difficult than some of the other chapters. Looking at the many options can be intimidating. The key to conquering this beast is to learn the difference between clocks and watches and make sure you have the information needed on the commercial invoice. Click HERE to view two tables summarizing the classification of clocks andwatches. The first chart shows the products and specifications required to classify an article as a watch. Note that watches are designed to be worn or carried on the person and fall into two headings, 9101 and 9102. Also note the size of the movement, the width, length and diameter. Clocks can be classified in one of three potential headings and also have size requirements.

For additional information, check out CBP’s Informed Compliance Publication: Classification and Marking of Watches and Clocks.

Join us next week as we tackle another challenging classification issue. If you have any specific commodities or sections of the HTSUS that you would like to see discussed in this series, please feel free to post a comment or send your suggestions to


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