In March 2013, the Commission published the following amendments to the Explanatory Notes (ENs) to the Combined Nomenclature:

  • With respect to CN subheading 9506 69 90 (covering balls other than golf balls and table-tennis balls), the Commission has clarified that a distinction should be made between so-called “anti-stress balls”, to be classified under that subheading, and “anti-stress items” which do not have the shape of a ball and are therefore to be classified under heading 9503.  
  • With respect to heading 9004 (covering spectacles, goggles and the like, corrective, protective or other), the Commission has clarified that cords, chains, etc. for such products should not be considered as parts or accessories belonging under the same heading. Such cords and chains should therefore be classified according to their constituent material.