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NY F84044

March 9, 2000

CLA-2-84:RR:NC:MM:106 F84044


TARIFF NO.: 8433.59.0090; 8701.90.1040

Mr. Hilary Brown
Macfarms of Hawaii, Inc.
89-406 Mamaloha Highway
Captain Cook, HI 96704

RE: The tariff classification of a tree shaking harvester and tractor from Australia.

Dear Mr. Brown:

In your letter dated February 24, 2000 you requested a tariff classification ruling. You submitted descriptive literature and photographs with your request.

The tree shaking harvester consists of a shaking mechanism, a trampoline catching mat and a receiving bin. The shaking mechanism and the catching mat are attached frontally to the hydraulic system of a Fendt Turbo 380 tractor, which is a diesel-powered four wheeled tractor with a 3 point hitch and a 95 horsepower PTO. The receiving bin is mounted to the 3 point hitch on the rear of the tractor and is raised and lowered by the hitch for offloading purposes, aided by hydraulic cylinders to open and close the bin's hatch.

In operation the harvester, as transported by the tractor, proceeds from tree to tree. As each tree is engaged by the shaker, the trampoline catching mat is activated to encircle the underside of the tree's canopy. The shaker head is then activated to clamp the tree trunk and provide the necessary shaking force to dislodge the tree's produce, in your case, macadamia nuts. The fallen nuts fall to the base of the catching mat where a conveying auger transfers them to the hydraulically-powered tipping receiving bin. From there the crop is transferred to a crop hauling vehicle.

The applicable subheading for the tree shaking harvester, which includes the shaker, the catching mat and the receiving bin, will be 8433.59.0090, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other harvesting machinery. The rate of duty will be free.

The applicable subheading for the Fendt Turbo 380 tractor will be 8701.90.1040, HTS, which provides for other tractors suitable for agricultural use. 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 Patrick J. Wholey at 212-637-7036.


Robert B. Swierupski

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