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NY I84109

August 12, 2002

CLA-2-73:RR:NC:1:117 I84109


TARIFF NO.: 7307.99.5015

Ms. Vicky Bartkowski
Angelo Brothers/Lighting Company
12401 McNulty Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154

RE: The tariff classification of steel pipe nipples from China or Taiwan.

Dear Ms. Bartkowski:

In your letter dated June 18, 2002, you requested a tariff classification ruling. A catalog depicting the products to be imported was submitted with your request.

The products to be imported are fully threaded zinc-plated steel pipe nipples. The nipples range in length from ½ inch to 6 inches.

The applicable subheading for the steel pipe nipples will be 7307.99.5015, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for tube or pipe fittings (for example, couplings, elbows, sleeves), of iron or steel, other, other, other, of iron or nonalloy steel, nipples. The rate of duty will be 4.3 percent ad valorem.

On March 5, 2002, President Bush proclaimed additional tariffs and quotas on a number of steel mill products for a period of three years. Products classified under HTS subheading 7307.99.5015, unless specifically excluded, are subject to additional duties. See subheadings 9903.73.88 through 9903.73.95, copy attached. Based upon the description of the merchandise provided in your request, the applicable Chapter 99 subheading is 9903.73.93 which currently carries an additional 13 percent ad valorem tariff. At the time of importation, you must report this Chapter 99 number in addition to the Chapter 72 number listed above.

The Proclamation is subject to periodic amendment of the exclusions, and the additional tariffs are reduced in the second and third years of the program, so you should exercise reasonable care in monitoring the status of goods covered by the Proclamation.

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 Paula Ilardi at 646-733-3020.


Robert B. Swierupski

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