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HQ 954599

August 10, 1993

CLA-2 CO:R:C:M 954599 DWS


TARIFF NO.: 8803.30.00

Mr. Charles T. Silberberg
Rockwell International Corporation
2201 Seal Beach Boulevard
P.O. Box 4250
Seal Beach, CA 90740-8250

RE: Aircraft Parts; Heading 8802; Explanatory Note 88.03

Dear Mr. Silberberg:

This is in response to your letter of April 27, 1993, to the Area Director of Customs, New York Seaport, concerning the classification of certain aircraft parts under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Your letter was referred to this office for a response.


The merchandise consists of various aircraft parts, including two wings, two "Upco SIIIS" ejection seats with supporting hardware, one canopy, one horizontal tail, two seat/egress systems and emergency extend pyros, and four thermal batteries and manifold systems. The parts are imported for use in the manufacture of two prototype "Ranger 2000" aircraft.

The classification of the batteries and manifold assemblies with be separately dealt with in a ruling letter to be issued to you by the Area Director, New York Seaport.

The subheading under consideration is as follows:

8803.30.00: [p]arts of goods of heading 8801 to 8802: [o]ther parts of airplanes or helicopters.

Goods classifiable under this provision receive duty free treatment.


Whether the aircraft parts are classifiable under subheading 8803.30.00, HTSUS, as other parts of airplanes of heading 8802, HTSUS?


Classification of merchandise under the HTSUS is in accordance with the General Rules of Interpretation (GRI's), taken in order. GRI 1 provides that classification is determined according to the terms of the headings and any relative section or chapter notes.

In understanding the language of the HTSUS, the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System Explanatory Notes may be utilized. The Explanatory Notes, although not dispositive, are to be used to determine the proper interpretation of the HTSUS. 54 Fed. Reg. 35127, 35128 (August 23, 1989). In part, Explanatory Note 88.03 (p. 1445) states that:

[t]his heading covers parts of the goods falling in heading 88.01 or 88.02, provided the parts fulfil both the following conditions:

(i) They must be identifiable as being suitable for use solely or principally with the goods of the above-mentioned headings;
and (ii) They must not be excluded by the provisions of the Notes to Section XVII (see the corresponding General Explanatory Note).

In part, heading 8802, HTSUS, provides for: "[o]ther aircraft (for example, helicopters, airplanes) . . ." Based upon the information provided us, it is our position that the two prototype "Ranger 2000" aircraft would be classifiable under heading 8802, HTSUS. It is also our understanding that the parts are suitable for use solely or principally with the aircraft of heading 8802, HTSUS, and they are not excluded by the notes to section XVII, HTSUS. Consequently, the subject parts of those aircraft are specifically classifiable under subheading 8803.30.00, HTSUS.


The aircraft parts are classifiable under subheading 8803.30.00, HTSUS, as other parts of airplanes of heading 8802, HTSUS.


John Durant, Director

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