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NY I89669

January 9, 2003

CLA-2-73:RR:NC:1:118 I89669


TARIFF NO.: 7318.14.1060

Ms. Marilyn-Joy Cerny
Cerny Associates, P.C.
301 Fields Lane
P.O. Box 102
Brewster, NY 10509

RE: The tariff classification of metal fasteners from Taiwan.

Dear Ms. Cerny:

In your letter dated December 23, 2002, on behalf of your client, Ace Hardware Corporation, Oak Brook, IL, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

You have described your metal fasteners as follows:

Ace part no. 5256813 – Vendor part no. 46143 - Gutter screws: size 7 x 1/2, ideal for gutters, electrical fixtures and window frames. It has a slotted hex washer head with a twinfast thread and a hardened zinc finish. Ace part no. 5261946 – Vendor part no. 46145 – Self-sealing screws with a bonded washer: size 9 x 1. It has a silver painted hex washer head with a twinfast thread and ruspert silver coating. Ace part no. 5263371 – Vendor part no. 46017 – Tap ‘N Seal self-drilling screws with a neoprene washer: size 10 x 11/2. It has an indented-hex flange undercut head with a hardened dichromate finish. Ace part no. 5260914 – Vendor part no. 46039 – Cement board screws with countersunk ribs: size 8 x 11/4. It has a Phillips drive wafer head with a high-low thread and a ceramic-coated finish. Ace part no. 5260963 – Vendor part no. 46048 - Cement board screws with countersunk ribs: size 8 x 11/4. It’s self-tapping with a Phillips drive wafer head. It has fine threads, (15 tpi) and a ceramic-coated finish.

All of these screws are made of carbon steel as indicated on your specifications.

The applicable subheading for all five types of metal fasteners (screws) will be 7318.14.1060, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for screws, bolts, nuts, coach screws, screw hooks, rivets, cotters, cotter pins, washers (including spring washers) and similar articles, of iron or steel: threaded articles: self-tapping screws: having shanks or threads with a diameter of less than 6 mm: other. The duty rate will be 6.2% 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 Kathy Campanelli at 646-733-3021.


Robert B. Swierupski

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