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NY E88650

October 26, 1999

CLA-2-84:RR:NC:1:110 E88650


TARIFF NO.: 8473.305000

Mr. Peter D. Alberdi
A.J. Arango, Inc.
1516 E. 8th Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33605

RE: The tariff classification of a Wrist Attachment with back boot from various countries

Dear Mr. Alberdi:

In your letter dated October 13, 1999, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The merchandise under consideration, based in part on the sample provided, involves a wrist attachment device with back boot that is designed to hold either a bar-code reader/scanner or wearable computer, thus allowing the user to have both hands free to perform mobile and workstation applications. These applications include freight and parcel track-and-trace at giant parcel and mail distribution hubs; warehouse receiving and picking; in-store shelf management; airline baggage handling; parts assembly; and retail point-of-sale check-out.

This wrist attachment device basically consists of a polyethylene component that wraps around the wrist and forearm, and is secured with a Velcro strap. Attached to it is a molded plastic back boot that will actually hold the scanner or computer device. The article weighs approximately 0.25 pounds, is mostly of plastic, and is about 6 inches in length.

Noting the Explanatory Notes to the HTS for Heading 8473, this wrist mount attachment would meet the definition of an “accessory” since it enhances the function of ADP input units and processor units. The scanner devices and portable computing devices that fit into this wrist attachment device are normally classifiable under Heading 8471.

The applicable subheading for the wrist attachment device will be 8473.30.5000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for parts and accessories of the machines of heading 8471. The rate of duty will be free.

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 Art Brodbeck at 212-637-7019.


Robert B. Swierupski

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