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NY A88075

October 24, 1996

CLA-2-69:RR:NC:1:102 A88075


TARIFF NO.: 6909.19.5010, 6909.19.5095,

Mr. William D. Long
Wacker Chemicals(USA),Inc.
ESK Division
535 Connecticut Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854

RE: The tariff classification of ceramic balls and ball bearings from varoius countries.

Dear Mr. Long:

In your letter dated August 30, 1996 you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The items in question include a hybrid ball bearing and the ceramic balls used in the assembly of the finished bearing. More specifically, the items are:

1) Rough and near-net shape ceramic ball blanks produced in Germany. The ball blanks are low in accuracy with respect to roundness and diameter variation, and are oversized to allow for further finishing.

2) Ceramic balls produced in Germany, finished in Switzerland and returned to Germany for inspection and shipping. The finishing process imparts the surface characteristics and the accuracy in diameter and roundness required of rolling elements used in roller bearings.

3) Finished complete hybrid ball bearings in which both inner and outer races are manufactured of steel. The races are produced in Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and/or the Republic of Slowakia then shipped to Germany for assembly with German or Swiss made ceramic balls to produce a finished ball bearing.

Samples of the above items, together with photographs and relevant technical specifications were submitted.

The applicable subheading for the complete hybrid bearing will be 6909.19.5010, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for ceramic bearings. The rate of duty will be 6.4 percent ad valorem.

The applicable subheading for the ceramic ball blanks and finished ceramic balls will be 6909.19.5095, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for ceramic wares for laboratory, chemical or other technical uses. The rate of duty will be 6.4 percent ad valorem.

It is the opinion of this office that the ceramic ball blanks, finished ceramic balls and the complete ceramic bearing would not be subject to antidumping duties under the current Department of Commerce antifriction bearing dumping investigation, as published in the Federal Register on May 15, 1989. The ceramic ball blanks are semiground balls and not included in the scope of the order. The finished ceramic balls and the complete ceramic bearing are products within the scope of the order, but not produced in the subject countries. Should you desire a binding ruling on the applicability of this ADA case to your merchandise, please write directly to the Department of Commerce, Office of Compliance, Washington, D.C.

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 Kenneth T. Brock at 212-466-5493.


Roger J. Silvestri

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