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NY F86242

April 27, 2000

CLA-2-87:RR:NC:MM:101 F86242


TARIFF NO.: 8708.99.7330

Ms. Sandra Vrabel
Customs Coordinator
Krupp Hoesch Automotive of America, Inc.
901 Wilshire Drive
Troy, Michigan 48084

RE: The tariff classification of an automotive Lower Coupling (Intermediate Shaft) from Liechtenstein

Dear Ms. Vrabel:

In your letter dated April 12, 2000 you requested a tariff classification ruling.

You submitted photographs of various Lower Coupling (Intermediate Shaft) parts intended for use on different DaimlerChrysler motor vehicles. The parts are identified as:

Customer Part Numbers: Krupp Part Numbers:

04680267 15226
04680437AA 15886
04664234AA 15890
04664235AA 15891
04649111AC 15858

All of the above parts are constructed of "forged steel splined yoke with steel spider/steel bearing assembly and grease. Steel forged body and lower shaft (for crash collapse), Isolator vulcanized rubber (for noise and vibration isolation) and Plastic collar for bearing/seal."

Use of the Parts: The driver of the vehicle transmits torque and rotational direction through the steering wheel. The steering wheel is connected to the column shaft by a bolt. The column shaft then is connected to this intermediate shaft through a coupling. The intermediate shaft is then connected to the steering gear, which turns the wheels.

The applicable subheading for the automotive Lower Coupling (Intermediate Shaft) will be 8708.99.7330, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for Parts and accessories of the motor vehicles of headings 8701 to 8705: Other parts and accessories: Other: Other: Other: Parts for steering systemsSteering shaft assemblies incorporating universal joints. The rate of duty will be 2.5% 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 DeSoucey at 212-637-7035.


Robert B. Swierupski

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