Recent Classification Ruling: Dysprosium, Neodymium, and Terbium

In a recent classification ruling issued October 30, 2017, CBP classified three rare-earth metals from China. At issue in ruling N290923 were the rare-earth metals dysprosium, neodymium, and terbium, which are individual chemical elements and were each of 99% or greater purity.

CBP classified neodymium under subheading 2805.30.0020, HTSUS, which provides for: Alkali or alkaline-earth metals; rare-earth metals, scandium and yttrium, whether or not intermixed or interalloyed; mercury: Rare-earth metals, scandium and yttrium, whether or not intermixed or interalloyed; Not intermixed or interalloyed: Neodymium.

CBP classified both dysprosium and terbium under subheading 2805.30.0050, HTSUS, which provides for: Alkali or alkaline-earth metals; rare-earth metals, scandium and yttrium, whether or not intermixed or interalloyed; mercury: Rare-earth metals, scandium and yttrium, whether or not intermixed or interalloyed; Not intermixed or interalloyed: Other.

The general rate of duty for both subheadings at the time of the ruling (and as of the date of this blog post) is 5% ad valorem.

 

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