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NY I87974

November 26, 2002

CLA-2-72:RR:NC:1:117 I87974


TARIFF NO.: 7228.30.8050

Mr. John F. Jager
Toyota Tsusho America, Inc.
702 Triport Road
Georgetown, KY 40324

RE: The tariff classification of steel bar from Japan.

Dear Mr. Jager:

In your letter dated October 22, 2002, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The product to be imported is a hot-rolled alloy steel bar (shaft). This solid round bar measures 19 mm in diameter and 159.6 mm in length. The bar is chamfered on both ends. The purpose of the chamfering is to ease the feeding of the bar into the machine where, after importation, it undergoes additional processing operations.

The applicable subheading for the hot-rolled alloy steel bar will be 7228.30.8050, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other bars and rods of other alloy steel, other bars and rods, not further worked than hot-rolled, hot-drawn or extruded, other, other. The rate of duty will be 1.2 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 7228.30.8050, unless specifically excluded, are subject to additional duties. See subheadings 9903.73.42 through 9903.73.52, copy attached. Based upon the description of the merchandise provided in your request, the applicable Chapter 99 subheading is 9903.73.50 which currently carries an additional 30 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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