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NY 893415

January 20, 1994

CLA-2-85:S:N:N1:109 893415


TARIFF NO.: 8517.81.0020

Mr. Steven Agnew
Border Brokerage Company
P.O.Box B
Blaine, WA 98230

RE: The tariff classification of telecommunications equipment from Canada.

Dear Mr. Agnew:

In your letter dated December 13, 1993, you requested a tariff classification rulingon behalf of Dees Communications Engineering Ltd. of British Colombia, Canada.

The merchandise is described in the submitted literature as the Centrex/Max and the Centrex Traffic Manager. The Centrex/Max is a contact management package consisting of both hardware and software. The product interfaces between Northern Telcom's Meridian Business sets and a personal computer. The hardware delivers the Calling Line Identification to the software where it is used to bring up the data base on the personal computer. The Centrex Traffic Manager is designed to monitor all the traffic on both single line telephones and Centrex Multi-line telephones (Northern Telecom's Meridian Business Set). This information consists of on and off -hook, digits dialed, time and length of call and station number. This information is then directed to a serial port of the customer's personal computer or printer. It consists of modules (minimum of two and maximum of eight), a backplane and a power supply. It is meant to be installed at the customer site.

The applicable subheading for the telecommunications equipment will be 8517.81.0020, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for "[telephonic equipment]." The rate of duty will be 8.5 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 New York Seaport

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