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NY 873518

April 24, 1992

CLA-2-84:S:N:N1:115 873518


TARIFF NO.: 8467.92.0090; 4016.93.0000

Mr. Justin Plunkett
Performance Provin Inc.
P.O. Box 9258
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014-9258

RE: The tariff classification of tool parts from Taiwan.

Dear Mr. Plunkett:

In your letter dated March 23, 1992, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The subject articles are components of industrial pneumatic linear action tool assemblies. The tools are for drive nails, staples, and other fasteners. Some typical uses include building construction, carton closure, furniture manufacturing, containers, etc. The specific articles that are the subject of this inquiry are the following:

Item 1: Driver Blade - It is typically 4-7 inches in length. The blade is found in pneumatic tools and functions as a contact plate while the tool is being operated.

Item 2: Rubber Bumper - It functions as an internal bumper for the piston as the piston moves back and forth during the operation of the tool.

Item 3: Rubber Cylinder Ring - The ring is essentially an o-ring for the cylinder.

The classification of merchandise under the HTS is governed by the General Rules of Interpretation (GRI'S). GRI 1, HTS, states in part that "for legal purposes, classification shall be determined according to the terms of the headings and any relative section or chapter notes...". This Rule applies to your products.

The applicable subheading for the driver blade and the rubber bumper will be 8467.92.0090, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for tools for working in the hand, pneumatic or with self-contained nonelectric motor, and parts thereof: parts: of pneumatic tools: other. The duty rate will be 2.5% ad valorem.

The applicable subheading for the rubber cylinder ring will be 4016.93.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for gaskets, washers and other seals. The duty rate will be 3.5% 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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