CBP Issues Jones Act Ruling Distinguishing Between Vessel Equipment and Merchandise

May 2023
Region: Americas

In Headquarters Ruling HQ H329275 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) addressed whether the movement of wind turbine generator transition piece covers constitutes coastwise transportation under the Jones Act. The ruling hinges on the critical legal distinction between whether the transition piece covers were merchandise, which is subject to the Jones Act, or vessel equipment, which is outside the scope of the Jones Act.