Posted Date: 08/24/2016
Committee Weighs in on Costumes
The House Appropriations Committee has once again said its piece about the treatment of costumes and “festive articles” by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency.
In a recent legislative report, the committee said it “is aware of continued concerns that CBP may not be consistently applying its rules for classifying textile costumes and related items as festive articles.” Some importers, the report states, “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.”
The committee is currently urging 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.