Tapenade Redeption

In 2016, I had fun participating in a mock oral argument on the classification of a loose mixture of chopped olives. The facts of that case were modeled on a ruling concerning the classification of olive tapenade and artichoke tapenade. See my discussion of that here. In the High Court of ICPA, I lost to a jury of my peers, which remains to this day a shocking stain on my record. I suspect the entirely fake judge was terribly biased.Today, I have renewed confidence thanks to a decision of the U.S. Court of International Trade in Mondiv v. United States, in which the CIT found for the plaintiff that the merchandise is, in fact, sauce or a sauce preparation.Despite my joy, I feel terrible physically and will make this quick.Both products are prima facie classifiable in HTSUS Heading 2005, where CBP classified them as "Other vegetables prepared or preserved otherwise than by vinegar or acetic acid, not frozen, other than products of heading 2006."But, it also turns out…

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