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CBP RULES THAT CERTAIN MOLDED PLASTIC HANGERS ARE REUSEABLE / ELIGIBLE FOR LOW DUTY HANGER TARIFF PROVISION

In a ruling published in the Customs Bulletin of August 17, 2016, CBP held that certain hangers made of plastic with an integral plastic top hook met the “clearly suitable for repetitive use” standard, such that they may be classified separately from their accompanying garments at the hanger rate of duty of 3% (under HTS 3923.90.00), rather than as ordinary apparel packing at the significantly higher garment rates of duty.

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Increased Enforcement in Area of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties Expected

Earlier this week, the Government Accounting Office issued a report entitled “Antidumping and Countervailing Duties: CBP Action Needed to Reduce Duty Processing Errors and Mitigate Nonpayment Risk."

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CBP Expected to Publish New Regulations on ADD/CVD Evasion

Pursuant to the newly-enacted Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (the “Act”), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) is expected to publish regulations later this month detailing new procedures for CBP investigations into allegations of antidumping and countervailing duty evasion.

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Mixed Decision Announced On GSP Treatment For Travel Goods

A July 1, 2016 decision published on the website of the U.S. Trade Representative announced the addition of certain travel and luggage goods to the GSP program for the first time.

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