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NY I86106

September 18, 2002

CLA-2-84:RR:NC:1:110 I86106


TARIFF NO.: 8473.30.5000

Mr. Stephen C. Liu
Pacific Century Customs Service
11099 S. La Cienega Blvd. #202
Los Angeles, CA 90045

RE: The tariff classification of Inkjet Print Cartridges from China.

Dear Mr. Liu:

In your letter dated August 29, 2002, on behalf of your client Cana-Pacific Ribbons, Inc. you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The merchandise under consideration is recorded number JCE175C (Black) and number JCE176C (Color) inkjet print cartridges. Samples of the two cartridges were submitted with your ruling request. The cartridges consist of a plastic housing that is used as a reservoir for ink. These cartridges are design specifically as replacement ink cartridges compatible with Epson T019 (Black) and T020 (Color) inkjet cartridges used in the Epson Stylus Color 880 and 880i Printers. Although these cartridges are not manufactured by Epson, they incorporate keys along the body of the cartridges that ensure the cartridges can only be inserted into the specific printer models they are designed for and possesses a latch that connects the cartridge to the printer’s carriage chute. A port at the bottom of each cartridge is punctured when the cartridge is inserted into the printer’s manifold, allowing ink to be delivered to the print head. There is no nozzle on these cartridges. The cartridges stay in the printer until the ink is used up. When the ink runs out of these cartridges, the entire cartridge is replaced, and the cartridge is discarded. These cartridges are not designed to be reused.

The applicable subheading for the JCE175C and JCE176C inkjet print cartridges will be 8473.30.5000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for “Parts and accessoriessuitable for use solely or principally with machines of headings 8469 to 8472: Parts and accessories of the machines of heading 8471: Not incorporating a cathode ray tube: Other.” 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 Eileen S. Kaplan at 646-733-3016.


Robert B. Swierupski

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