On November 13, 2013, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) published the final Note 5 Rule (Additional U.S. Note 5, Chapter 64, HTS) regarding durability testing for textile soles. As expected, CBP adopted ISO 20871 as the test to determine whether a textile material satisfies the durability requirement of the rule. However, CBP did not adopt the ISO standard. CBP has also changed its position with respect to the definition of indoor footwear, which is not subject to durability testing.
On November 19, 2013, USFIA Customs Counsel John Pellegrini of McGuireWoods LLP presented a brief webinar explaining the rule and what it means for textile, apparel, and footwear importers, brands, and retailers. Learn if the rule applies to your company’s products, and what you should do about it.
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