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NY C80218

October 8, 1997

CLA-2-84:RR:NC:1:104 C80218


TARIFF NO.: 8421.21.0000

Mr. M.L.S. Cook
Socratica Research Institute
P.O. Box 809
Ashland, Oregon 97520

RE: The tariff classification of a water catalyzer from Germany.

Dear Mr. Cook:

In your letter dated September 21, 1997, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The Plocher Water Catalyzer is commercially known as a water conditioner and attaches to the incoming water supply of a home, office or other facility with a metal clamp. Through the creation of a sustained electromagnetic and electrostatic field, it eliminates chemical attraction of minerals to pipes and fixtures, and holds them in colloidal suspension in the water. It reduces and then eliminates scale and build-up, including rust in cast iron pipes. Water does not pass through the catalyzer.

The catalyzer measures approximately 10 3/8" x 3 3/4" x 1 1/4" and weighs about 3 lbs. It has no replaceable parts and requires no plumbing installation, external energy source or electrical connection. It should last approximately ten years. The materials used in the construction/assembly of the catalyzer (aluminum strips, cotton matting and silica sand) are treated with electromagnetic and electrostatic energy created by carefully attuned oscillators and electromagnets. They are then assembled in layers within the stainless steel housing.

The applicable subheading for the Plocher Water Catalyzer will be 8421.21.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for filtering or purifying machinery and apparatus for liquids: for filtering or purifying water. The rate of duty will be 1.6 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 Robert Losche at 212-466-5670.


Robert B. Swierupski

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