Latest Articles

In NY N303795, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discussed the classification of two coffee makers. The first item, FlexBrew® Single-Serve Coffee Maker, is a domestic single serving coffee maker that is designed to brew coffee from a coffee capsule or ground coffee using the included grounds basket. It can brew up to 10 oz of coffee with a single-serve pack or up to 14 oz using ground coffee. The removable cup rest doubles as a…
Our colleagues in International Trade report on new customs rulings each week, and this week’s ruling involves a classic children’s toy. If your company imports this item, read on for additional details. In NY N303641, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discussed the classification of the “Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine.” The imported item is a snow-cone making set for children. It consists of a plastic housing with a metal cylindrical blade. The plastic housing is in the shape of…
  In NY N303641, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discussed the classification of the “Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine.” The imported item is a snow-cone making set for children. It consists of a plastic housing with a metal cylindrical blade. The plastic housing is in the shape of a doghouse and has a closeable chute for the ice shavings to exit the housing. Also included is the Snoopy ice pusher which serves as a plunger to push…
Views and Input Sought From Stakeholders by May 31, 2019. The European Union (EU) has published its preliminary list of U.S. goods that will be targeted for retaliatory tariffs over subsidies to Boeing. The preliminary list is focused on farm products. Some of the products include: Fish, cheese, agricultural goods such as fruits and vegetables, chocolate, wine, spirit alcohols, lobster, handbags/wallets, tractors, motorcycles/motorcycle parts, helicopters, planes, video game consoles, exercise machines, tobacco, etc. The World…
  In NY N301235, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discussed the classification of the “Mac in a Sac,” a woman’s down jacket with an accompanying bag. The item in question is a reversible hip-length jacket constructed from 100% nylon, woven fabric that is quilted to a 100% nylon, woven fabric, and filled with a mixture of down and feathers. The jacket features a full front opening with a zipper closure that extends to the top…
On April 8, 2019, the Trump administration released a list (see Annex) of $11 billion of European goods threatened with tariffs because of the WTO decision finding that “harmful subsidies” support the aircraft manufacturer Airbus. This case had been in litigation at the WTO for 14 years. It began in 2004 when the United States first challenged European government support for Airbus. The EU then challenged U.S. federal and state support for Boeing. The WTO…
Crowell & Moring represented Irwin Tools in a dispute over whether the company should have to pay increased duties on its Vise Grip® brand imported hand tools. The International Trade Group had previously won two rounds of summary judgment briefing and the government’s motion for reconsideration at the U.S. Court of International Trade. The government then appealed their loss to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. On April 9, 2019, the Federal…
In HQ H298524, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discussed the classification of a disassembled “balance ball chair” consisting of a deflated exercise ball, a frame, caster wheels, a manual air pump, and a desk guide with stretching exercises. The frame of the exercise apparatus, made of a nylon plastic and steel, has a support bar on the back and caster wheels, which move and lock.  It holds a removable 52-cm anti-burst balance ball…
On March 25, 2019, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) in American Institute for International Steel, Inc., Sim-Tex, LP and Kurt Orban Partners, LLC v. United States, held that Section 232 duties imposed on certain steel and aluminum imports by President Trump were constitutional. The three-judge panel denied the American Institute for International Steel’s challenge to the Section 232 duties. In its decision, the Court held it was bound by the Supreme Court precedent in Algonquin that…
Summary: On April 1, 2019, UK Parliament implemented the second phase of its ‘Indicative Votes’ process, which had been devised to find out if there was a UK Parliamentary majority for any one Brexit strategy, following Friday’s third UK Parliamentary defeat of the Withdrawal Agreement that was negotiated between the UK Government and EU. Chart available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-politics-46393399 All four alternate Brexit strategies put forward were rejected by UK Parliament. The four proposals put forward…