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Following the U.S. removal of Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum products from Canada and Mexico, both countries have officially lifted their retaliatory tariffs. Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that effective May 20, 2019, Canada is lifting its retaliatory countermeasures against the U.S. The Mexican Ministry of Economy published, and put into force, a decree on May 20, 2019, eliminating its retaliatory tariffs against the United States. This decree repeals Articles 1, 2, and 9…
In HQ H301075, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reviewed the classification of a “smart” coffee table called “Sobro.” The product comes in the form of a coffee table  with the following dimensions: 43.1 x 22.8 x 17.5 inches.  Its construction material (i.e., wood, metal, plastics, or other) was not specified in the request, although the importer stated it is equipped with a tempered glass tabletop with an integrated touch-panel control.  The Sobro comes equipped with:…
  In NY N303699, Customs and Border Protection reviews the classification of the Temi S1 Personal Computer Robot (Temi PC). It is described as a mobile and fully functional automatic data processing (ADP) machine. The Temi PC is comprised of a tablet PC permanently mounted onto a motorized pedestal-type chassis. The tablet is a 10.1 inch LCD display with a touchscreen, an RK3288 processor, 2 GB system memory, 16 GB storage, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi…
In NY N303734, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discusses imitation meat products based on “mycoprotein,” a meat free protein, which is being imported from the United Kingdom. All three imitation meat items will be imported into the United States in frozen retail cartons. An ingredient breakdown for these items was provided to CBP and was as follows: Quorn Meatless Fillets contains approximately 87% mycoprotein paste, 8% water, 3% egg albumin, 3% natural flavoring, and trace…
On Monday April 29th, 2019, Mexico’s Senate approved a bill that gives its workers the right to use secret-ballots to vote on union matters and contracts. It also requires proof of workers’ consent for collective bargaining agreements and creates an independent agency and court to replace the current labor board in order to resolve disputes and register unions. This bill is a major step towards voting on the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade pact. Hopefully, this…
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…
  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…
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…