Notice of Domestic Interested Party Petitioner's Notice of Desire To Contest the Tariff Classification Determination of Certain Steel Tube Fittings, 2168-2169 [2018-00577]

Download as PDF 2168 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 10 / Tuesday, January 16, 2018 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection [USCBP–2018–0001] Notice of Domestic Interested Party Petitioner’s Notice of Desire To Contest the Tariff Classification Determination of Certain Steel Tube Fittings U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: Notice of petitioner’s notice of desire to contest classification determination. AGENCY: This document provides notice that a domestic interested party has filed a timely notice of its desire to contest a U.S. Customs and Border Protection decision regarding the classification of certain imported steel tube fittings. DATES: January 16, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dwayne S. Rawlings, Tariff Classification and Marking Branch, Regulations and Rulings, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection at (202) 325–0092. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background This document concerns the tariff classification of certain steel tube fittings by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the desire of a domestic interested party to contest CBP’s classification decision. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Classification of Steel Tube Fittings Merchandise imported into the customs territory of the United States is classified under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). The tariff classification of merchandise under the HTSUS is governed by the principles set forth in the General Rules of Interpretation (GRIs) and, in the absence of special language or context which otherwise requires, by the Additional U.S. Rules of Interpretation. The GRIs and the Additional U.S. Rules of Interpretation are part of the HTSUS and are to be considered statutory provisions of law for all purposes. See Section 1204 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988, Public Law 100–418 (August 23, 1988); 19 U.S.C. 3004(c). GRI 1 requires that classification be determined first according to the terms of the headings of the tariff schedule and any relative section or chapter notes and, provided such headings or notes do VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:48 Jan 12, 2018 Jkt 244001 not otherwise require, then according to the other GRIs. See GRI 1, HTSUS (2017). GRI 6 prescribes that, for legal purposes, the classification of goods in the subheadings of a heading shall be determined according to the terms of those subheadings and any related subheading notes and, mutatis mutandis, according to GRIs 1 to 5, on the understanding that only subheadings at the same level are comparable. See GRI 6, HTSUS (2017). The Explanatory Notes to the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (‘‘Harmonized System’’) represent the official interpretation of the World Customs Organization (established in 1952 as the ‘‘Customs Cooperation Council’’) on the scope of each heading. See H.R. Conf. Rep. No. 100–576, 100th Cong., 2d Sess. 549 (1988), reprinted in 1988 U.S.C.C.A.N. 1547, 1582; Treasury Decision (T.D.) 89–80, 54 FR 35127, 35128 (August 23, 1989). Although not binding on the contracting parties to the Harmonized System Convention or considered to be dispositive in the interpretation of the Harmonized System, it is CBP’s position that the Explanatory Notes should be consulted on the proper scope of the Harmonized System. T.D. 89–80, 54 FR at 35128. In New York ruling letter (NY) E83408, dated July 8, 1999, a steel tube fitting from Taiwan is described as ‘‘. . . a cold forged nonalloy steel male threaded connector body having a center hex nut, one flare tube end and one male pipe end. These tube fittings connect a piece of rigid tubing to a valve, manifold or another piece of rigid tubing in a hydraulic system.’’ The U.S. Customs Service (U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s predecessor agency) classified the steel tube fitting in subheading 7307.99.50, HTSUS (1999), which provides for ‘‘Tube or pipe fittings (for example couplings, elbows, sleeves), of iron or steel: Other: Other: Other.’’ In 1999, the column one, general rate of duty for subheading 7307.99.50, HTSUS, was 4.3 percent ad valorem. Filing of Domestic Interested Party Petition On October 29, 2014, counsel filed a petition on behalf of Brennan Industries, Inc. (‘‘Petitioner’’), under section 516, Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1516), requesting that CBP reclassify the articles under consideration (and as described in NY E83408) in subheading 8412.90.90, HTSUS (2014), which provides for ‘‘Other engines and motors, and parts thereof: Parts: Other.’’ The column one, PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 general rate of duty for subheading 8412.90.90, HTSUS, in 1999, 2014 and today is free. On February 9, 2016, CBP published a Notice of Receipt of a Domestic Interested Party Petition in the Federal Register (81 FR 6880). The notice invited written comments on the petition from interested parties. The comment period closed on April 11, 2016. One comment was timely received in response to this notice, which was submitted by the Petitioner. The comment reiterated the Petitioner’s position that the merchandise is classified in subheading 8412.90.90, HTSUS, as other parts of other engines and motors. Decision on Petition and Notice of Petitioner’s Desire To Contest In HQ ruling letter H259349, dated October 5, 2016 (a copy of this ruling can be found online at https:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. USCBP–2016–0007), CBP denied the domestic party petition and affirmed the classification determination set forth in the previously issued ruling letter (i.e., NY E83408). Consistent with the determination in NY E83408, CBP determined in H259349 that the articles at issue are parts of general use of heading 7307, HTSUS, as defined by Note 2 to Section XV. Accordingly, these parts are excluded from Section XVI of the HTSUS because, by operation of Note 1(g) to Section XVI, a good cannot be a part of general use of Section XV and also be prima facie classifiable as a part in Section XVI. In HQ H259349, CBP also notified the Petitioner of its right to contest the decision by filing a notice with CBP indicating its desire to contest the decision, and that the notice must be filed not later than thirty days from the date of issuance of the ruling letter, pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1516(c) and § 175.23, CBP Regulations (19 CFR 175.23). By letter dated November 2, 2016, the Petitioner filed a timely notice under 19 U.S.C. 1516(c) and 19 CFR 175.23 of its desire to contest CBP’s decision in HQ H259349 regarding the classification of the steel tube fittings under consideration. The Petitioner has designated, under 19 U.S.C. 1516(c) and 19 CFR 175.23, eight (8) ports of entry where Petitioner believes that merchandise of the kind covered by the petition is being imported into the United States, and at which the Petitioner desires to protest. The ports of entry are as follows: • Seattle, WA • Tacoma, WA • Long Beach, CA E:\FR\FM\16JAN1.SGM 16JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 10 / Tuesday, January 16, 2018 / Notices • • • • • Los Angeles, CA New York, NY Savannah, GA Houston, TX Charleston, SC Upon application by the Petitioner to any of the Port Directors of the ports listed above, the Port Director(s) shall make available to the Petitioner information on merchandise of the kind covered by the petition (as described in NY E83408) entered after the date of publication of this notice in order that the petitioner may determine whether the entry presented raises the issue involved in the petition. See 19 U.S.C. 1516(c); 19 CFR 175.25. By this notice, Port Directors at these ports are directed to notify the Petitioner by mail when the first of such entries is liquidated. See 19 U.S.C. 1516(c) and 19 CFR 175.25(b). Authority This notice is published in accordance with 19 U.S.C. 1516(c) and §§ 175.23 and 175.24 of the CBP Regulations (19 CFR 175.23–24). A. Overview of Information Collection Dated: January 10, 2018. Kevin K. McAleenan, Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. [FR Doc. 2018–00577 Filed 1–12–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–5997–N–85] 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: FHA-Insured Mortgage Loan Servicing of Delinquent, Default and Foreclosure With Service Members Act Office of the Chief Information Officer, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: HUD submitted the proposed information collection requirement described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 30 days of public comment. DATES: Comments Due Date: February 15, 2018. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: HUD Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:48 Jan 12, 2018 Jkt 244001 DC 20503; fax:202–395–5806, Email: OIRA Submission@omb.eop.gov FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QMAC, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20410; email Colette.Pollard@hud.gov, or telephone 202–402–3400. This is not a toll-free number. Person with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Pollard. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A. The Federal Register notice that solicited public comment on the information collection for a period of 60 days was published on September 12, 2017 at 82 FR 42831. Title of Information Collection: FHAInsured Mortgage Loan Servicing of Delinquent, Default and Foreclosure with Service Members Act. OMB Approval Number: 2502–0584. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Form Number: HUD–2008–5—FHA Save Your Home Tips to Avoid Foreclosure Brochure HUD 9539—Request for Occupied Conveyance HUD 92070—Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Notice Disclosure HUD 92068–A—Monthly Delinquent Loan Report HUD–50012—Mortgagee’s Request for Extensions of Time Description of the need for the information and proposed use: This information collection covers the mortgage loan servicing of FHA-insured loans that are delinquent, in default or in foreclosure. The data and information provided is essential for managing HUD’s programs and the FHA’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund (MMI). Respondents (i.e. affected public): Business or other for-profit. Estimated Number of Respondents: 7806. Estimated Number of Responses: 38,291,776. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Average Hours per Response: 7 minutes to 8 minutes. Total Estimated Burdens: 3,984,411,694,068.48. PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2169 B. Solicitation of Public Comment This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in Section A on the following: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond: Including through the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to these questions. Authority: Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35. Dated: December 20, 2017. Colette Pollard, Department Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–00593 Filed 1–12–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–6001–N–39] 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Budget-Based Rent Increases Office of Assistant Secretary for Housing—Federal Housing Commissioner, HUD. ACTION: Notice of proposed information collection. AGENCY: HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment. SUMMARY: DATES: Comments Due Date: March 19, 2018. Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\16JAN1.SGM 16JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

[USCBP-2018-0001]


Notice of Domestic Interested Party Petitioner's Notice of Desire 
To Contest the Tariff Classification Determination of Certain Steel 
Tube Fittings

AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland 
Security.

ACTION: Notice of petitioner's notice of desire to contest 
classification determination.

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SUMMARY: This document provides notice that a domestic interested party 
has filed a timely notice of its desire to contest a U.S. Customs and 
Border Protection decision regarding the classification of certain 
imported steel tube fittings.

DATES: January 16, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dwayne S. Rawlings, Tariff 
Classification and Marking Branch, Regulations and Rulings, Office of 
Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection at (202) 325-0092.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    This document concerns the tariff classification of certain steel 
tube fittings by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the 
desire of a domestic interested party to contest CBP's classification 
decision.

Classification of Steel Tube Fittings

    Merchandise imported into the customs territory of the United 
States is classified under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United 
States (HTSUS). The tariff classification of merchandise under the 
HTSUS is governed by the principles set forth in the General Rules of 
Interpretation (GRIs) and, in the absence of special language or 
context which otherwise requires, by the Additional U.S. Rules of 
Interpretation. The GRIs and the Additional U.S. Rules of 
Interpretation are part of the HTSUS and are to be considered statutory 
provisions of law for all purposes. See Section 1204 of the Omnibus 
Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988, Public Law 100-418 (August 23, 
1988); 19 U.S.C. 3004(c).
    GRI 1 requires that classification be determined first according to 
the terms of the headings of the tariff schedule and any relative 
section or chapter notes and, provided such headings or notes do not 
otherwise require, then according to the other GRIs. See GRI 1, HTSUS 
(2017).
    GRI 6 prescribes that, for legal purposes, the classification of 
goods in the subheadings of a heading shall be determined according to 
the terms of those subheadings and any related subheading notes and, 
mutatis mutandis, according to GRIs 1 to 5, on the understanding that 
only subheadings at the same level are comparable. See GRI 6, HTSUS 
(2017).
    The Explanatory Notes to the Harmonized Commodity Description and 
Coding System (``Harmonized System'') represent the official 
interpretation of the World Customs Organization (established in 1952 
as the ``Customs Cooperation Council'') on the scope of each heading. 
See H.R. Conf. Rep. No. 100-576, 100th Cong., 2d Sess. 549 (1988), 
reprinted in 1988 U.S.C.C.A.N. 1547, 1582; Treasury Decision (T.D.) 89-
80, 54 FR 35127, 35128 (August 23, 1989). Although not binding on the 
contracting parties to the Harmonized System Convention or considered 
to be dispositive in the interpretation of the Harmonized System, it is 
CBP's position that the Explanatory Notes should be consulted on the 
proper scope of the Harmonized System. T.D. 89-80, 54 FR at 35128.
    In New York ruling letter (NY) E83408, dated July 8, 1999, a steel 
tube fitting from Taiwan is described as ``. . . a cold forged nonalloy 
steel male threaded connector body having a center hex nut, one flare 
tube end and one male pipe end. These tube fittings connect a piece of 
rigid tubing to a valve, manifold or another piece of rigid tubing in a 
hydraulic system.'' The U.S. Customs Service (U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection's predecessor agency) classified the steel tube fitting in 
subheading 7307.99.50, HTSUS (1999), which provides for ``Tube or pipe 
fittings (for example couplings, elbows, sleeves), of iron or steel: 
Other: Other: Other.'' In 1999, the column one, general rate of duty 
for subheading 7307.99.50, HTSUS, was 4.3 percent ad valorem.

Filing of Domestic Interested Party Petition

    On October 29, 2014, counsel filed a petition on behalf of Brennan 
Industries, Inc. (``Petitioner''), under section 516, Tariff Act of 
1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1516), requesting that CBP reclassify the 
articles under consideration (and as described in NY E83408) in 
subheading 8412.90.90, HTSUS (2014), which provides for ``Other engines 
and motors, and parts thereof: Parts: Other.'' The column one, general 
rate of duty for subheading 8412.90.90, HTSUS, in 1999, 2014 and today 
is free.
    On February 9, 2016, CBP published a Notice of Receipt of a 
Domestic Interested Party Petition in the Federal Register (81 FR 
6880). The notice invited written comments on the petition from 
interested parties. The comment period closed on April 11, 2016. One 
comment was timely received in response to this notice, which was 
submitted by the Petitioner. The comment reiterated the Petitioner's 
position that the merchandise is classified in subheading 8412.90.90, 
HTSUS, as other parts of other engines and motors.

Decision on Petition and Notice of Petitioner's Desire To Contest

    In HQ ruling letter H259349, dated October 5, 2016 (a copy of this 
ruling can be found online at https://www.regulations.gov under Docket 
No. USCBP-2016-0007), CBP denied the domestic party petition and 
affirmed the classification determination set forth in the previously 
issued ruling letter (i.e., NY E83408). Consistent with the 
determination in NY E83408, CBP determined in H259349 that the articles 
at issue are parts of general use of heading 7307, HTSUS, as defined by 
Note 2 to Section XV. Accordingly, these parts are excluded from 
Section XVI of the HTSUS because, by operation of Note 1(g) to Section 
XVI, a good cannot be a part of general use of Section XV and also be 
prima facie classifiable as a part in Section XVI.
    In HQ H259349, CBP also notified the Petitioner of its right to 
contest the decision by filing a notice with CBP indicating its desire 
to contest the decision, and that the notice must be filed not later 
than thirty days from the date of issuance of the ruling letter, 
pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1516(c) and Sec.  175.23, CBP Regulations (19 CFR 
175.23).
    By letter dated November 2, 2016, the Petitioner filed a timely 
notice under 19 U.S.C. 1516(c) and 19 CFR 175.23 of its desire to 
contest CBP's decision in HQ H259349 regarding the classification of 
the steel tube fittings under consideration. The Petitioner has 
designated, under 19 U.S.C. 1516(c) and 19 CFR 175.23, eight (8) ports 
of entry where Petitioner believes that merchandise of the kind covered 
by the petition is being imported into the United States, and at which 
the Petitioner desires to protest. The ports of entry are as follows:

 Seattle, WA
 Tacoma, WA
 Long Beach, CA

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 Los Angeles, CA
 New York, NY
 Savannah, GA
 Houston, TX
 Charleston, SC

    Upon application by the Petitioner to any of the Port Directors of 
the ports listed above, the Port Director(s) shall make available to 
the Petitioner information on merchandise of the kind covered by the 
petition (as described in NY E83408) entered after the date of 
publication of this notice in order that the petitioner may determine 
whether the entry presented raises the issue involved in the petition. 
See 19 U.S.C. 1516(c); 19 CFR 175.25. By this notice, Port Directors at 
these ports are directed to notify the Petitioner by mail when the 
first of such entries is liquidated. See 19 U.S.C. 1516(c) and 19 CFR 
175.25(b).

Authority

    This notice is published in accordance with 19 U.S.C. 1516(c) and 
Sec. Sec.  175.23 and 175.24 of the CBP Regulations (19 CFR 175.23-24).

    Dated: January 10, 2018.
Kevin K. McAleenan,
 Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
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