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NY G89958

April 23, 2001

CLA-2-87:RR:NC:MM:101 G89958


TARIFF NO.: 8708.29.5060

Mr. Brian F. Walsh
Barnes, Richardson & Colburn
303 East Wacker Drive
Suite 1100
Chicago, Illinois 60601

RE: The tariff classification of automotive Exterior Body Trim Moldings from Germany

Dear Mr. Walsh:

In your facsimile letter dated June 20, 2001 you requested that we modify New York Ruling G89958 issued April 23, 2001 in which you had originally indicated that your client was WKW Erbsloh Automotive GMBH. You now state that the requestor should have been Erbsloh AG.

You submitted samples, technical data, and photographs of the manufacturing process of several configurations of exterior auto body trim moldings to be used for Mercedes-Benz automobiles. The moldings which are the subject of your request are:

Water Guide Rail (polished aluminum) for vehicle roof; Water Guide Rail (black anodized) for vehicle roof; Window Molding Front/Rear (polished aluminum) for vehicle body; Window Screen Molding (black anodized) for vehicle body.

You state that each molding is specifically designed for and used in a particular model of Mercedes-Benz vehicle. The moldings are imported in finished condition, ready for simple assembly into the body of the vehicle.

The diagrams and pictures you submitted illustrate the manufacturing process in Germany: die casting, extrusion, bending, sawing, milling, welding, age-hardening, grind-polishing, anodizing-powder coating, and final assembly with rubber buffers, plastic tips, and (window guide only) a stainless steel bracket.

The applicable subheading for the Exterior Auto Body Trim Moldings will be 8708.29.5060, 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 of bodies (including cabs): Other: OtherOther. 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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