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HQ 951378

July 23, 1992

CLA-2 CO:R:C:M 951378 DWS


TARIFF NO.: Not Applicable

Ms. Mary Ann Markoski
Radiometer America Inc.
811 Sharon Drive
Westlake, Ohio 44145

RE: Revocation of HQ 950282; Rubber, Plastic, and Glass Tubing; Parts of General Use; Section XV, Note 2

Dear Ms. Markoski:

You have received HQ 950282, dated December 6, 1991, dealing with the classification of plastic, rubber, and glass tubing. In that letter, it was indicated that glass tubes are parts of general use. On page 3 of HQ 950282, it is stated that:

[w]e are of the opinion, and do find, that the tubes that have fittings attached or are finished products, such as the glass tube that is bent in two places and nippled at one end, are "parts of general use", the chief components of which are plastic, rubber or glass . . . .

Upon review, it appears that the lack of sufficient information resulted in an incorrect interpretation of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) on our part. Section XV, note 2, HTSUS, provides that:

[t]hroughout the tariff schedule, the expression "parts of general use" means:

(a) Articles of heading 7307 (TUBE OR PIPE FITTINGS), 7312 (WIRE, ROPES, CABLES, ETC.), 7315 (CHAIN), 7317 (NAILS, TACKS, DRAWING PINS, ETC.) or 7318 (SCREWS, BOLTS, NUTS, ETC.) and similar articles of other base metals;

(b) Springs and leaves for springs, of base metal, other than clock or watch springs (HEADING 9114); and

(c) Articles of heading 8301 (PADLOCKS AND LOCKS), 8302 (BASE METAL MOUNTINGS, FITTINGS, DOORS, ETC.), 8308 (CLASPS, BUCKLES, HOOKS, ETC.) or 8310 (SIGN PLATES, NAME PLATES, ETC.) and frames and mirrors, of base metal, of heading 8306.

(Emphasis Supplied).

Inasmuch as the glass tubes are not encompassed by any of the descriptions in section XV, note 2, HTSUS, they are not "parts of general use". Accordingly, HQ 950282 is revoked in its entirety.

The classification of any of these articles on an individual basis does not seem to present any unusual difficuties. However, if you are unsure of the classification of a particular article, you should use the District Rulings procedure, a copy of which is attached, as usual.


John Durant, Director
Commercial Rulings Division

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