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Export Classification Codes Part 2: Kits

Wed Dec 30 2015
Crystal Carmon
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Export Classification Codes Part 2: Kits

This is the second of three blog posts that discusses the proper way to classify mixtures, kits or parts for exports.

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This blog post discusses how to classify kits using the international guidance provided in the General Rules of Interpretation (GRI) [PDF].

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When we have a product that can be classified in two or more areas, GRI 3B [PDF] tells us to choose the heading that best describes the essential character. Depending on the nature of the product, essential character can be determined by value, volume, weight or another key factor.

Say we have a tire repair kit with a 12-volt, portable air compressor, a carrying bag, a pressure gauge, pliers, rubber cement, rubber plugs, a hook tool, a reamer and a knife. These various components are classified as one product because, with the exception of the carrying bag, they will be used together for a single purpose: fixing a flat tire.

Since the compressor is what is going to refill a flat tire, the tire repair kit is classified under Schedule B 8414.80.1685 – Portable air compressors under 0.57 cubic meters per minute.

Our interactive Schedule B Search Engine takes into account these and the other General Rules of Interpretation to provide export classification codes.

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For more information about the search tool, check out this earlier blog post.

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Also, check out our final blog post on classifying parts coming soon.

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If you have questions about this topic, please comment below. You can also reach the Micro Analysis Branch at 800-549-0595, option 2 or email: eid.scheduleb@census.gov.

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