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NY D81952

September 3, 1998

CLA-2-85:RR:NC:1:108 D81952


TARIFF NO.: 8525.10.3035

Mr. Naeem Shaikh
22 Westside Drive
Markham, Ontario
L3P7J4 Canada

RE: The tariff classification of video decoding equipment from South Korea or China.

Dear Mr. Shaikh:

In your letter dated August 15, 1998, on behalf of your clients Tri-Vision Electronics, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The items , "V-gis, DV-1 and CV-1 are decoding apparatus which receive and filter video signals coming into a television. They are described as follows:

V-gis DV-1 (formally designated as IR-1 and IR-2) is a compact IR link which mounts on or near the television and may be used in conjunction with existing cable, satellite or antenna equipment, or it can be used in place of the above mentioned equipment on cable ready televisions without previous cable boxes.

V-gis CV-1(formally designated as V-gis ST-1 and V-gis ST-2) is a decoder devise which is used in conjunction with existing cable, satellite or antenna equipment by having the source cable pass through the CV-1. The device decodes for screening purposes and is distinguished from the IR series in that it is specifically designed to be placed on top of the television in view of the audience. It has an infra-red sensor which operates with a remote control. It may also operate in place of another cable, satellite, or antenna connections. It can be used with cable ready televisions without previous cable boxes.

The devices are programmed by parents to limit the video content being viewed by children.

The applicable subheading for the "V-gis" devices will be 8525.10.3035, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for [t]ransmission apparatus: [t]elevision: [o]ther: [o]ther: [c]onverters, decoders... . The rate of duty will be 2.2 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 Michael Contino at 212-466-5672.


Robert B. Swierupski

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