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NY 893697

January 26, 1994

CLA-2-44:S:N:N8:230 893697


TARIFF NO.: 4418.90.4090

Mr. Tony Collini
John S. Connor, Inc.
P.O. Box 1717
Baltimore, MD 21203-1717

RE: The tariff classification of carpet fasteners (tackstrips), made of plywood, pins and nails, from England.

Dear Mr. Collini:

In your letter dated January 6, 1994, on behalf of the British manufacturer Gripperrods PLC, you requested a tariff classification ruling. Samples of the items in question were submitted and will be retained for reference. They are strips of plywood, into which numerous metal pins have been driven (and countersunk) so that their sharp points protrude well above the opposite surface. Two or three nails have also been partially driven through each strip, but in the opposite direction. Each strip, which has one straight edge and one beveled edge, measures about 2 cm in width and 6.2 mm in thickness.

These articles, which you state are used "to fix and secure carpets to the floor," are identified as follows:

Cat. No. 3225 - Tackfast Prenail Long Pin Gripper 400 ft. Cat. No. 3245 - Tackfast Concrete Long Pin Gripper 400 ft. Cat. No. 3125 - Tackfast Prenail Med. Pin Gripper 400 ft. Cat. No. 3145 - Tackfast Concrete Med. Pin Gripper 400ft.

It is assumed that all will be imported in the same condition as the samples, i.e., with pins and nails already in place.

The applicable subheading for all of the above-described "Tackfast Pin Grippers" will be 4418.90.4090, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other (than certain enumerated) builders' carpentry of wood. The rate of duty will be 5.1%.

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

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