Monday, December 21, 2009

Section XVIII of the HTSUS

Thank you for joining us for our series on classification. Two weeks ago, we explored the articles contained in Section XVII of the HTSUS. Today, we will study the various commodities covered in Section XVIII 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 XVII Question
Classify a hubcap used on a Ford Focus.
Answer: 8708.70.6045

Section XVIII covers Chapters 90 through 92, which consist of optical, photographic, measuring, medical apparatus, clocks, musical instruments, and parts of these products. Some of these goods may be subject to FDA and FCC regulations.

Chapter 90 covers a wide variety of equipment such as lenses, eyeglasses, telescopes, movie cameras, photocopiers, x-ray machines and gauges, as well as parts of these articles. Chapter 90 Note 2 provides details about how to classify "parts and accessories" for the products in this chapter. Chapter 90 contains a large number of articles, which are subject to the rigorous registration, and approval process of the FDA. Equipment with radio frequency capabilities must be accompanied by the FCC 740.

Chapter 91 covers clocks, watches, parking meters, watchbands, and other parts. Commercial invoices for products of this chapter require additional information. 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.

Chapter 92 covers the importation of stringed instruments, keyboards, woodwinds, percussion, electrical instruments, music boxes and whistles. Toy instruments are excluded from this chapter.

Classify a collapsible music stand for use with a violin

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