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NY 875724

July 8, 1992

CLA-2-84:S:N:N1:110 875724


TARIFF NO.: 8471.92.9040; 8471.92.6580; 8473.30.4000

Mr. Mitchell D. Gram
Fargo Electronics, Incorporated
7690 Golden Triangle Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

RE: The tariff classification of Check Readers, Circuit Boards, and Label Printers from various countries and then assembled in Jamaica.

Dear Mr. Gram:

In your letter dated June 26, 1992, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The merchandise under consideration includes a check reader, four models of label printers, and printed circuit boards for the check reader and label printers.

The Check Reader, models 2150, 2250, and 2350, are small machines that automatically enter MICR-encoded transit, customer account and check serial number data into a business' POS system's positive or negative check files. The Check Reader is used primarily by supermarkets, discount stores, general merchandisers, gas stations, and fast food restaurants. All three models incorporate a RS-232 interface which allows the unit to communicate with a host computer indirectly. Cashiers simply insert the customer's check into the check reader. In just one second, MICR data is automatically read and transmitted to the POS system's check file for verification. The check reader has a LED display which indicates the status of the check after checking the computers files.

The four models of Label Printers are all thermal/thermal transfer label printers that are designed for use in retail and industrial applications.

The Prodigy Label Printer has a maximum print speed of up to 4 inches per second, and has the ability to print all of the popular bar codes. This label printer has either a standard RS- 232 or RS-422 host computer interface and can print at 203 dots per inch. Although this printer can operate as a stand-alone printer by hooking it up to a CRT, it appears to be principally used as a computer output unit.

The Prodigy Plus Label Printer is a high-performance thermal/thermal transfer label printer that is primarily used in industrial, retail, commercial, clinical and business applications. The machine incorporates a constant 6 inch per second print speed, bit-mapped and scalable fonts, and 256K of standard on-board RAM which is utilized almost entirely for label formatting. The RS-232 or RS-422 interface allows it to be connected to most host computers.

The Allegro Label Printer is a thermal/thermal transfer label printer that is used in a wide variety of markets, including retail, light industrial, offices, and distributed manufacturing. This model is a smaller and more simplified version of the Prodigy models, with programmable constant print speeds of 1 inch, 1.5 inches, and 2 inches. The machine incorporates a RS-232 interface or optional RS-422 version.

The Primera Color Printer is a wax thermal transfer page printer designed for desktop use in business, scientific, engineering, education and home computer applications. The unit incorporates an RS-232 interface, and comes equipped with a software driver for use with Microsoft's Windows operating system as well as several resident fonts for use with non-Windows applications.

The Check-Reader Circuit Boards are designed for use in the check reader. They incorporate an external user interface, power supply, CPU, motor, sensor, and magnetic head interface circuits. The Printer Control Circuit Boards are used in the various models of thermal label printers. They incorporate an external user interface, power supply, CPU, motor, sensor, and printhead interface circuits.

The applicable subheading for the Check Readers will be 8471.92.9040, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other input units (optical scanners and magnetic media entry devices). The rate of duty will be 3.7 percent ad valorem.

The applicable subheading for the four models of Label Printers will be 8471.92.6580, HTS, which provides for assembled printer units incorporating at least the media transport, control and print mechanisms. The rate of duty will be 3.7 percent ad valorem.

The applicable subheading for the check reader and printer control circuit boards will be 8473.30.4000, 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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