Monday, September 21, 2009

Section VII of the HTSUS

Thank you for joining us for our series on classification. Last Monday, we explored the articles contained in Section VI of the HTSUS. Today, we will study the various commodities covered in Section VII of the HTSUS. Having a good general knowledge of the products covered in each section and chapter will expedite the classification process and improve accuracy of your classifications.

Answer to Section VI Question
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Section VII includes Chapters 39 and 40, which contain plastics and rubber and articles made from each. With the increased use of plastic and rubber products, it’s not surprising that these two chapters contain a large number of detailed provisions. Products of this section may require compliance with FTC, CPSC, FDA, EPA and DOT regulations. For example, rubber surgical gloves must comply with FDA regulations.

Chapter 39 covers plastic products in primary forms such as styrene, vinyl esters, and acrylic and plastic articles such as tubes, sheets, housewares, seals and various other articles. Review the exclusions found in the Chapter 39 Notes which include certain wall coverings, jewelry, parts of vehicles and articles found in various other chapters. It is important to have some familiarity with the products included in the other chapters to ensure merchandise is not incorrectly classified in Chapter 39. Also check 19 CFR 141.89 for special invoice requirements for certain articles.

Chapter 40 includes natural and synthetic rubber, vulcanized and unvulcanized rubber, tires, hygienic articles and miscellaneous manufactured articles of rubber. Pay close attention to the articles excluded from classification in this chapter. It is important to be familiar with the products included in Chapters 64, 65, 90, 92, 94, 95 and 96 in order to avoid improperly classifying products in Chapter 40.

Classify a vinyl baseball mitt with sewn seams.

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