Monday, August 3, 2009

Section I of the HTSUS

Thank you for joining us for our series on classification. Last Monday, we discussed the differences between parts and accessories. Today, we will start our exploration of the various commodities covered in each section of the HTSUS. Having a good general knowledge of the products covered in each Section and Chapter will expedite the classification process and improve the accuracy of your classifications.

Section I covers Chapters 1 through 5, which contain live animals, meat, fish, dairy produce and other products of animal origin. Most of the goods covered in these chapters are subject to the regulations of at least one of the other government agencies such as the USDA, APHIS, FDA and FDA.

Chapter 1 covers the importation of live animals such as horses, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, poultry and other birds. Importers may be required to obtain permits and veterinary certificates.

Chapter 2 covers the importation of meat such as fresh, chilled or frozen cuts of beef, pork, poultry and rabbits. Importations of meat and meat products from some countries are prohibited. Additionally, the FDA has specific marking requirements for meat products. Note that this chapter excludes fish and similar products covered in Chapter 3.

Chapter 3 provides for the importation of fish, crustaceans and other aquatic invertebrates such as live fish, frozen fish, filets and other meat. The FDA imposes additional packaging restrictions on raw seafood.

Chapter 4 covers the importation of dairy products, eggs, honey milk and cheese. Some products are subject to quotas and special licensing requirements. In addition to the marking conditions imposed by CBP, FSIS and APHIS have specific labeling requirements on some products.

Chapter 5 covers the importation of miscellaneous animal products such as human hair, natural sponges, organ and animal products not otherwise classified. Some products such as ivory and sea turtle products are prohibited entry into the United States. All shipments containing products of wildlife must be cleared through a designated FWS port. Click
HERE to view the designated clearance ports.

Classify a beef flavored rawhide dog chew. These dog treats are made from the layer of cowhide beneath the skin, also known as parings, a waste product of the tanning process.

Join us next week for the answer to this week’s classification question and a discussion of Section II of the HTSUS. 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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