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On 8 November 2013 the International Trade Administration
Commission published an investigation into the following amendments
of the following tariff subheadings under tariff heading (TH) 8302
(TH 8302 provides for "Base metal mountings, fittings and
similar articles suitable for furniture, doors, staircases,
windows, blinds, coachwork, saddlery, trunks, chests, caskets or
the like; base metal hat-racks, hat-pegs, brackets and similar
fixtures; castors with mountings of base metal; automatic door
closers of base metal"):
8302.30 - Other mountings, fittings and similar articles
suitable for motor vehicles:
8302.30.30: Fittings of iron, steel or copper, c (excluding
window opening mechanisms), for windows, doors and
8302.41 - Suitable for buildings:
8302.41.10 – Fittings of iron, steel or copper, of
a kind solely or principally for windows, doors
and door frames
8302.42 - Other, suitable for furniture:
8302.42.10 - Fittings of iron, steel or copper, of
a kind solely or principally for doors and door
For comment by 22 November 2013.
The application was brought by the South African Revenue
Service, which gave as reasons for its application:
On importation, it is not possible to establish whether or not
the fittings that fall under these tariff subheadings will be used
for factory installation on windows, doors, and/or door frames. The
prerequisite of "commonly used in the
manufacture" is therefore removed.
The removal of "of base metal" where it
appears in 8302.30.30 has no impact as vehicles are predominantly
made from base metal but even if made from another material the
subheading provision remains valid to those vehicles.
Manufactures in the motor vehicle, building and furniture
industries should be aware of these changes and review it to
determine any possible impact that it might have on their
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