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House Appropriators Highlight Costume Classification in Legislative Report

Wednesday, June 22, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jessica Hall
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The House Appropriations Committee weighed in on the agency's treatment of costumes and festive articles. While not mentioned in the actual bill, the committee said it "is aware of continued concerns that CBP may not be applying its rules consistently for classifying textile costumes and related items as festive articles." Some importers "believe that CBP's current standard for categorizing an item as a festive article under heading 9505 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States -- that it is a textile costume of a flimsy nature and construction, lacking in durability, and generally recognized as not being normal articles of apparel -- is too subjective and leads to disparate treatment of similar imported items for tariff purposes," it said. "The Committee again urges CBP to work with private sector stakeholders to ensure that the classification approach is both fair and objective." The same committee included similar language in the same legislative report last year.