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NY A81975

April 11, 1996

CLA-2-56:RR:NC:TP:350 A81975


TARIFF NO.: 5602.21.0000; 9209.91.8000

Mr. John J. Mauri
Danzas Corporation
80 Broad Street, 9th Fl.
New York, NY 1004-2209

RE: The tariff classification of various felt damper, hammer, and under hammer sheets, as well as numerous cut to size parts and accessories for use in pianos, from France.

Dear Mr. Mauri:

In your letters dated January 30th and March 27, 1996, on behalf of Laoureux, Deville-Les-Rouen, France, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

A brochure was submitted depicting the various products that you intend to import. The first three items, identified as damper, hammer and under hammer sheets, consists of wool felt sheets in the following sizes

Damper Sheets Hammer Sheets Under Hammer Sheets

700mm x 500mm 1,000mm x 1,000mm 1,000mm x 750mm 5.0 to 10mm one hand 20 to 28mm one end 1.0 to2.0mm other hand 2.5 to 6.0 other 6.0 to 8.0mm density density density
(0.11 to0.15) (0.40 to 0.650) (about 0.650)

Additionally, you furnished an extensive variety of cut to size and shape pieces composed of varying amounts of wool felt, glue, wood and/or cardboard. Each of these configurations represent made up individual parts such as piano dampers, hammer sheets, dampers sheets, dampers sets, and damper strips, etc., which in their imported condition, are ready to be placed inside the respective pianos for which they are custom designed to fit.

The applicable subheading for the damper sheets, hammer sheets and under hammer sheets, which after importation will be cut to size and shape before being incorporated into the respective pianos for which they are designed to fit, will be 5602.21.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for felt, not impregnated, coated, covered or laminated, other than needleloom, of wool or fine animal hair. The rate of duty will be 62.8 cents/kg plus 9.5 percent ad valorem.

The applicable subheading for the specific cut to size and shape parts, will be 9209.91.8000, HTS, which provides for other parts and accessories for pianos. The duty rate is 4.9 percent ad valorem.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Part 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 George Barth at 212-466-5884.


Roger J. Silvestri

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