Classification Changes for Runway Apparel, Accessories, Jewelry and Footwear

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Trade Update • January 20, 2023

he U.S. Customs and Border Protection has changed its classification of high-end runway haute couture items. These items are now classified in separate headings rather than as collections of historical pieces under Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) US 9705.00.0070 (duty-free). The items that fall into this category include apparel, accessories, jewelry, and footwear used in semiannual fashion shows.

It is now CBP’s position that runway haute couture-wearing apparel, headwear, footwear, jewelry, and accessories are properly classified in the following headings:

  • Various headings of chapters 61 and 62 for articles of apparel and clothing
  • 4202 for certain accessories
  • 4203 for leather apparel and clothing accessories
  • 4203 for fur apparel and clothing accessories
  • 4303 for articles of artificial fur
  • 6402, 6403, 6404, and 6405 for footwear
  • 6504, 6505, and 6506 for various hats and headgear
  • 7113 and 7116 for certain jewelry

In order to provide duty rates for the merchandise at issue, each item must be specifically described and identified for classification purposes.

The reclassification will be effective concerning goods entered or withdrawn from warehouses for consumption on or after March 19, 2023.

This shift by CBP underscores the value placed on runway haute couture items and recognizes their potential commercial use beyond just showcasing them on a catwalk or museum display; these pieces can serve as part of an ongoing retail business venture if marketed properly. As such, it appreciates how luxury fashion has evolved — from being showcased solely for artistic purposes to being marketed commercially for retail sales — giving designers more flexibility when defining how their unique pieces can be utilized within different platforms worldwide.

For questions about this tariff change and if your products are affected, please contact us, we’re here to help.


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