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NY 864182

June 14, 1991

CLA-2-84:S:N:N1:110 864182


TARIFF NO.: 8473.30.4000

Ms. Arlene T. Greser
Kamino International Transport, Inc.
145 Ave. & Hook Creek Blvd.
Valley Stream, N.Y. 11581

RE: The tariff classification of a laser toner cartridge assembly from Japan.

Dear Ms. Greser:

In your letter dated May 31, 1991, on behalf of Neamco Office Products Inc., you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The merchandise under consideration is a laser toner cartridge assembly which is known as the Canon LBP EP-Cartridge Photosensitive Drum Developer/Cleaner Assembly. This unit is composed of a photosensitive drum, black toner powder, a corona unit, a developer unit, and a cleaner blade. The toner powder of this unit cannot be removed, until the cartridge is forced to be broken. This laser toner cartridge assembly is used with the Hewlett Packard Laser Jet family of printers, and marketed as the Hewlett Packard-92295A (EP-S) cartridge.

The core assembly of the electro photographic printer forms an electrostatic latent image on the drum, and then develops it into a visible image with the toner. This unit then cleans itself for the repetition of this cycle. The essential character of this laser toner cartridge assembly appears to be as a part for the laser printer in view of the mechanical components incorporated within the cartridge.

The applicable subheading for the Canon LBP-EP laser toner cartridge assembly will be 8473.30.4000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for parts and accessories of the machines of heading 8471 not incorporating a cathode ray tube. The rate of duty will be free.

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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