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NY 878581

OCTOBER 22, 1992

CLA-2-90:S:N:N1:102 878581


TARIFF NO.: 9032.10.0090; 9025.19.0080; 9031.80.0080

Mr. David Montanye
A.N. Deringer, Inc.
Building 880
Burlington International Airport
So. Burlington, Vermont 05401

RE: The tariff classification of various industrial temperature controllers, a digital temperature panel meter, and an ink jet chart recorder from Japan

Dear Mr. Montanye:

In your letter dated September 14, 1992, on behalf of your client, Fuji Electric, Japan, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The items at issue here are a group of electronic industrial thermostats, a digital panel meter and a variable input chart recorder. The 480, PYW, PYH and PYZ series are all fully programmable temperature/process controllers. They are either panel or rack mounted and utilize either thermocouple or RTD temperature sensors. Some units have dual LED displays to show both the actual and desired temperature settings. The units are designed to regulate temperatures in industrial process applications.

The model 498 digital panel meter is an electronic display unit used in conjunction with either a thermocouple or RTD temperature sensor. The unit accepts the analog signals generated by the sensor and displays the actual measured temperature. The FCR Microjet Recorder can record a maximum of 12 channels (180mm model) of DC voltage, Ma, thermocouples and resistance bulbs. The unit utilizes an ink jet system to make it possible to record measured data in analog trace mode or to print in digital mode at high speed. The unit is capable of recording in different colors. The recordings are made on a linearly moving strip chart. This device is also made for panel or rack mounting.

The applicable subheading for the 480, PYW, PYH and PYZ series will be 9032.10.0090, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for automatic regulating or controlling instruments and apparatus; thermostats, other than for air conditioning, refrigeration or heating systems. The rate of duty will be 4.8 percent ad valorem.

The model 498 digital panel meter will be classifiable under HTS item 9025.19.0080, which provides for thermometers, not combined with other instruments, not liquid-filled, other. The rate of duty will be 5 percent ad valorem. The FCR Microjet Recorder series are classifiable under the provision covering measuring or checking instruments, appliances and machinery, not specified or included elsewhere in this chapter, other, HTS item 9031.80.0080. It will be subject to a duty rate of 4.9 percent 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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