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NY 861368

APR 10 1991

CLA-2-84:S:N:N1:102 861368


TARIFF NO.: 8482.10.5048; 8483.20.8040

Mr. John A. Slagle
Wolf D. Barth Co. Inc.
7575 Holstein Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19153

RE: The tariff classification of radial ball bearings and housed ball bearings from Mexico

Dear Mr. Slagle:

In your letter dated March 11, 1991, on behalf of your client, SKF-USA, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The items in question are the G 15/16 FM and R 15/16 FM cartridge bearings, and the SR 15/16 FM and SY 3/4 FM pillow block units. Samples of all four items were submitted with the inquiry. The cartridge bearings are YET series radial ball bearings, with seals, which have a rubber tire-like cushion encompassing their outer rings. The rubber cushion acts to absorb shock to the bearing. An eccentric locking collar is mounted onto the inner ring of the bearing. These units are designed for mounting into pillow block housings and are commonly referred to as insert bearings.

The SR 15/16FM is a pillow block (plumber block) unit which contains a rubber-insert mounted radial ball bearing. The housing is formed from two pieces of stamped steel which bolt together to firmly hold the bearing and anchor it the desired surface. An eccentric locking collar is mounted onto the inner ring of the bearing. The SY 3/4 FM unit is a one piece cast iron pillow block housing with a press-fitted radial ball bearing. A brass grease fitting is mounted on the top of the housing.

The applicable subheading for the two cartridge bearings will be 8482.10.5048, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for single row radial ball bearings. The rate of duty will be 11 percent ad valorem. The two pillow block units will be classified under HTS provision 8483.20.8040, which covers housed bearings, other than flange, take-up, cartridge and hanger units, incorporating ball bearings. The duty rate will be 5.7 percent ad valorem.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Section 177 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 177).

A copy of this ruling letter should be attached to the entry documents filed at the time this merchandise is imported. If the documents have been filed without a copy, this ruling should be brought to the attention of the Customs officer handling the transaction.


Jean F. Maguire
Area Director

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