Monday, November 23, 2009

Section XV of the HTSUS

Thank you for joining us for our series on classification. Last week, we explored the articles contained in Section XIV of the HTSUS. Today, we will study the various commodities covered in Section XV 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.

Section XIV Answer
Correct Answer: 7114.11.4500
See Chapter 71, Note 4(a); Section XV, Note 1(e)

Section XV covers 12 chapters containing base metals and articles of base metals. Notice that not all articles made of metal are classified in this section. For example, metal furniture is found in Chapter 94. It is important to read all of the section and chapter notes. The section notes list articles excluded from classification in these chapters. For example, Section Note 3 lists the base metals. Section Note 5 describes an alloy of base metals as being classified by the metal, which predominates by weight over each of the other metals. Pay close attention to Section Note 2, which defines parts of general use. These items are generally capable of having multiple functions not specific to any one machine and are called parts of general use. Most of the goods covered in this section do not require any special approval from other government agencies. There are some exceptions for metal articles used for food service such as metal cooking utensils. Some chapters contain articles subject to antidumping and countervailing duties.
Chapter 72 covers primary materials of iron and steel, including non-alloy and alloy steel. This chapter does not cover finished goods, which are found in Chapter 73. Some items in this chapter require special steel licensing. See for additional information concerning the steel licensing process.

Chapter 73 covers iron and steel products such as pipes, fittings, fasteners and miscellaneous articles. Some articles entered under 7301 through 7307 may require a mill analysis providing percentages by weight of the elements, such as carbon, found in the article. Articles in this chapter require special steel licensing. See for additional information concerning the steel licensing process.

Chapter 74 covers copper articles such as plates, tubes, fasteners, pots, house wares and plumbing supplies. This chapter also includes brass and bronze articles.

Chapter 75 covers nickel and articles of nickel such as wire, tubes, fittings and miscellaneous articles.

Chapter 76 contains aluminum and articles such as plates, pipes, kitchenware, hardware and other articles.

Chapter 77 has been reserved for future use and does not currently contain any Chapter Notes or HTSUS numbers.

Chapter 78 covers lead and articles of lead such as plates, tubes, fittings and miscellaneous articles.

Chapter 79 contains zinc and articles of zinc such as sheets, tubes, fittings, gutters and miscellaneous articles

Chapter 80 covers tin and articles of tin such as plates, strips, pipes, fittings and household articles.

Chapter 81 covers base metals not specified elsewhere such as tungsten, molybdenum, magnesium, cobalt, titanium and articles made of these base metals.

Chapter 82 contains metal hand tools such as gardening tools, wrenches, hammers, cutlery, razors and scissors. With the exception of articles for use with food products regulated by the FDA, products of this chapter do not require any special licensing, permits or documentation. See 19 CFR 134 for special marking requirements for certain tools. The Statistical Notes provide guidance on proper reporting of pieces in a set. Duty on sets of 8206, 8211 and 8215 is determined by the article in the set that carries the highest duty rate.

Chapter 83 covers miscellaneous metal articles such as keys, mountings for furniture, office accessories, nameplates and caps.

Classify a brass showerhead

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