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NY 891197

October 20, 1993

CLA-2-84:S:N:N1:104 891197


TARIFF NO.: 8455.21.0000

Mr. Richard Ingrao
Schenker International, Inc.
P.O. Box 42472
Detroit, Michigan 48242

RE: The tariff classification of a ring rolling machine from Germany.

Dear Mr. Ingrao:

In your letter dated October 5, 1993 on behalf of Steel Industries Inc. of Detroit you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The literature indicates that the Radial-Axial Ring Rolling Machine Type RAW produces a wide variety of different ring cross sections including roller bearing rings, wheel rims, gear blanks etc. The ring rolling machine takes a blank that has already been upset and punched on a special blank press and expands its diameter by a simultaneous reduction of wall thickness and height.

You suggest that the ring rolling machine should be classified as forging machines under HTS subheading 8462.10.0050 or as flattening machines, numerically controlled under 8462.21.0080. The Customs commodity team in Detroit has advised you that these machines were classified as rolling mills under the old TSUSA. Customs Headquarters ruling 076479 JAS of January 21, 1986 classified the same type of machine from the same manufacturer as a rolling mill, in item 674.20, TSUS.

The applicable subheading for the Radial-Axial Ring Rolling Machine Type RAW will be 8455.21.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other rolling mills. The rate of duty will be 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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