Monday, October 5, 2009

Section IX of the HTSUS

Thank you for joining us for our series on classification. Last Monday, we explored the articles contained in Section VIII of the HTSUS. Today, we will study the various commodities covered in Section IX 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 VIII Question
Correct Answer: 4202.92.9026
NY G84507

Section IX covers Chapters 44 through 46 which contain articles of wood, cork, straw and basketwork. Articles covered by these chapters may require approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Fish & Wildlife Service and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Chapter 44 includes various forms of wood such as rough, veneer, plywood, particleboard, tableware and miscellaneous wooden articles. Pay attention to the Chapter Notes that exclude products of certain other chapters. There are also notes that provide explanations of types of wood that may be important in properly classifying goods.

Logs, lumber and other unmanufactured wood articles imported into the United States pose a significant hazard of introducing plant pests detrimental to U.S. agriculture. Some wood packaging material is subject to the IPPC (International Plant Protection Convention) The wood packing material must be marked with the IPPC logo, ISO country code, unique treatment facility number and the method of treatment.

Chapter 45 includes natural raw cork, crushed or granulated cork, cork pieces, stoppers, disks, washers, wall coverings and other articles of cork. This chapter does not include footwear, headgear or toys.

Chapter 46 covers plaited articles, basketwork, wickerwork and articles such as bags and luggage. Plaited material includes straw, willow, bamboo, rushes, reeds, raffia and other vegetable matter. Articles of furniture and footwear are not classified in this chapter. CBP may not allow paper stickers for country of origin marking labels on wicker and baskets if they will not remain affixed to the merchandise. Importers should consult CBP for alternative methods of marking for this type of merchandise.

Classify a container of wooden pallets being shipped from Japan to the U.S. for use in packaging heavy equipment.

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