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NY 818275

January 23, 1996

CLA-2-84:RR:NC:MA:110 818275


TARIFF NO.: 8471.80.1000

Mr. Dennis Heck
Tower Group International
2400 Marine Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90278-1103

RE: The tariff classification of a LAN controller adapter unit from Malaysia.

Dear Mr. Heck:

In your letter dated January 18, 1996, on behalf of Tower Group International, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The merchandise under consideration involves a LAN controller adapter unit which is known as the FrontRunner/MR-2. This device is a standalone multi rate Data Service Unit/Channel Service Unit that transmits data over digital networks at speeds ranging from 2.4 to 64 Kbps. The FrontRunner/MR-2 assists in consolidating data, voice, fax and LAN traffic over a single leased digital circuit. The dimensions of this stand alone unit are 8.5 inches wide by 3.1 inches high by 11.3 inches deep, and it weighs 4 pounds.

The FrontRunner/MR-s offers an assortment of features. These include a wide selection of data rates, including 64 Kbps Clear Channel; rate adaption for support of subrate devices over 56/54 Kbps leased lines; dial backup capability to external devices such as Basic Rate ISDN TA's, and a compact standalone unit that frees space for data, voice, fax and LAN channels in MICOM's integration products. The FrontRunner is typically connected in line between Marathon Network Servers or NetRunner Integration Routers.

Noting Legal Note 5(B) to Chapter 84, the FrontRunner /MR-2 would appear to meet the definition of a "unit" of an automatic data processing (ADP) system, and is principally used as an interconnection device in a LAN network.

The applicable subheading for the FrontRunner/MR-2 LAN controller adapter unit will be 8471.80.1000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other control or adapter units for use with automatic data processing machines. The rate of duty will be free.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Section 177 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 177).

A copy of the ruling or the control number indicated above should be provided with the entry documents filed at the time this merchandise is imported. If you have any questions regarding the ruling, contact National Import Specialist Art Brodbeck at 212-466-5490.


Roger J. Silvestri

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