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NY H84779

August 13, 2001

CLA-2-87:RR:NC:MM:101 H84779


TARIFF NO.: 8708.99.8080

Mr. Gary Bang
2212 Queen Anne Ave. N.
Seattle, Washington 98109

RE: The tariff classification of a “Twistep™” from China

Dear Mr. Bang:

In your letter dated August 1, 2001 you requested a tariff classification ruling.

You submitted descriptive literature as well as technical drawings of the “Twistep™”, a step platform that is mounted into the trailer hitch receiver attached to the rear of many sports Utility Vehicles (SUV’s). The product is constructed of steel tubing and fabricated sheet metal components, aluminum die-castings, metal springs and bar stock, metal spherical balls and threaded hardware componentry. The purpose of the “Twistep™” is to provide a step or platform to facilitate movement of people and their pets about the rear of an SUV. The “Twistep™” is designed to fold and store under the vehicle’s bumper when not in use.

The applicable subheading for the “Twistep™” will be 8708.99.8080, 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: 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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