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HQ 112037

March 14, 1995

VES-13-18-CO:R:IT:C 112037 GOB


Port Director of Customs
Attn: Vessel Repair Liquidation Unit
423 Canal Street, Room 303
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130-2341

RE: Vessel Repair Entry No. C20-0035753-6; 19 U.S.C. 1466; OVERSEAS HARRIETTE, V-119; Overhead; Cleaning; Survey

Dear Sir:

This is in response to your memorandum dated February 14, 1992, which forwarded the application for relief submitted by Mid-Gulf Shipping Company, Inc. on behalf of Maritime Overseas Corporation ("applicant") with respect to the above-referenced entry.


The record reflects that the OVERSEAS HARRIETTE ("the vessel") arrived at the port of New Orleans, Louisiana on October 11, 1991 and filed the subject vessel repair entry.

You request our determination with respect to certain items on the Appledore invoice no. 572/486.


Whether certain items are dutiable pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1466.


19 U.S.C. 1466 provides for the payment of duty at a rate of fifty percent ad valorem on the cost of foreign repairs to vessels documented under the laws of the

United States to engage in foreign or coastwise trade, or vessels intended to be employed in such trade.

We find that the survey items on pages seven and eight of Appledore invoice no. 572/486 are dutiable for the following reasons: (a) the applicant has not established that these items are periodic surveys required by a governmental entity or a classification society; and (b) the items include dutiable repairs, the amounts for which are not separately itemized.

Overhead costs, including secretarial services, related to dutiable repairs are dutiable. Overhead costs related to nondutiable items are nondutiable, provided that such costs are included in the cost or expense of the nondutiable items or clearly reflected as related to such nondutiable items on the pertinent invoices. In Ruling 112965 dated December 23, 1993, we stated as follows:

As we stated in Ruling 112900 d ated Novembe r 4, 1993 and Ruling 112861 dated October 19, 1993, it is Customs position that overhead relating to repair work is dutiable as part of the cost of the repair, i.e., the total cost or expense of the repair is dutiable. In contrast, overhead relating to a nondutiable item such as a modification is nondutiable, i.e., the total cost or expense of a nondutiable item is nondutiable. While Customs does not wish to see overhead broken-out or segregated as a separate item, our position on the dutiability of overhead, as stated supra, holds whether or not overhead is a separate item.

The cost of a "value added tax" is dutiable if it is levied on a dutiable item. It is not dutiable if it is levied on a nondutiable item.

We find that the cleaning of the main and emergency switchboards, item 81a on Appledore invoice No. 572/486, is dutiable because it is maintenance cleaning. Items which are of a maintenance or preventive maintenance nature are dutiable.


Our determinations are as stated supra.


Arthur P. Schifflin

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