Alpinestars Seeks Lower Duties For Motocross Boots

Law360, New York (April 22, 2013, 7:03 PM EDT) -- Motorcycle apparel maker Alpinestars SpA urged the U.S. Court of International Trade on Thursday to reclassify its Tech 8 motocross boot as protective sportswear and not footwear, a distinction that subjects the item to a substantially higher duty rate.

Alpinestars said the government's contention that Tech 8 boots can't be classified as sports apparel is “self-serving” and is based on a superficial analysis of the item — that it's shaped like a boot and goes over a rider's foot. To the contrary, the Tech 8 has...
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