United States International Trade Commision Rulings And Harmonized Tariff Schedule
faqs.org  Rulings By Number  Rulings By Category  Tariff Numbers
faqs.org > Rulings and Tariffs Home > Rulings By Number > 1991 HQ Rulings > HQ 0555185 - HQ 0555425 > HQ 0555401

Previous Ruling Next Ruling

HQ 555401

June 16, 1989

CLA-2-CO:R:C 555401 RA


TARIFF NO.: 9802.00.80, HTSUS

Mr. David A. Fuller
Director, Field Logistics & Planning
Bendix Transportation Management Corporation 1657 Commerce Drive, P.O. Box 3898
South Bend, Indiana 46619-0898

RE: Applicability of provision for assembled articles in subheading 9802.00.80, HTSUS, to automotive brakes and boosters made in Brazil

Dear Mr. Fuller:

This is in regard to your letter of May 19, 1989, requesting a ruling on the tariff treatment of a drum brake and a power brake booster assembled abroad.


Fabricated components of U.S. origin are exported to Brazil in finished form and joined with foreign-made parts to produce complete drum brakes and power brake boosters. You state that the exported brake lining is riveted to a brake shoe which is united with a backing plate and the exported cable guide is riveted to the backing plate. The resulting assembly is then united with components of local origin to produce a finished drum brake. The components for the power brake booster are exported from the U.S. in finished form and consist of a check valve, gasket, seal, disc, poppet, and diaphragm. These articles are assembled to components of Brazilian origin to produce a finished power brake booster.


Will the assembled components of U.S. origin qualify for tariff treatment under the provisions of subheading 9802.00.80, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. (HTSUS)?


Subheading 9802.00.80, HTSUS, provides for articles assembled abroad in whole or in part of fabricated components of U.S. origin with no operations performed thereon except the attachment of the components and operations incidental thereto. Duty is assessed on the appraised value of the imported articles less the cost or value of the exported U.S.-made components. You indicate that the components of U.S. origin are exported in finished condition and undergo no additional manufacturing operations abroad except for the assembly process. The exported components are united with other parts of the brake or booster by means of rivets or by other qualified assembly operations as defined in the regulations. See section 10.16(a), Customs Regulations (19 CFR 10.16(a)). Operations performed which do not constitute assembly appear to be incidental thereto and not sufficient to preclude allowances under subheading 9802.00.80, HTSUS.


An allowance in duty may be accorded fabricated components of U.S. origin which have been assembled abroad with foreign parts by means of rivets and similar permanent methods to produce complete automotive drum brakes and power brake boosters, upon compliance with sections 10.11-10.24, Customs Regulations (19 CFR 10.11-10.24), under subheading 9802.00.80, HTSUS.


John Durant, Director
Commercial Rulings Division

Previous Ruling Next Ruling

See also: