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Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
AHPA works to maintain appropriate tariff classifications for botanical extracts
In comments submitted on January 22, 2016 the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) expressed opposition to recent U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) proposals that would change the tariff classification of certain bilberry and blueberry extract powders.
AHPA comments were in response to a December 23, 2015 CBP notice of proposals to revoke three ruling letters, modify two ruling letters and change the tariff classification of these extracts. Numerous AHPA members could be affected by this proposed change, and AHPA expressed opposition to the proposal as part of its goal to maintain appropriate tariff classifications for botanical extracts.
“AHPA views CBP’s proposal as directly problematic for importers and marketers of bilberry and blueberry extracts and as presenting potential economic burdens on companies that trade in other herbal extracts,” said AHPA President Michael McGuffin. “If this particular CBP proposal becomes the norm we could see inappropriate tariffs applied to many other ingredients derived from botanical sources.”
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