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NY R01730

April 27, 2005



TARIFF NO.: 8428.90.0090

Mr. Gregory Hilton
South Carolina Export Consortium
University of South Carolina
PO Box 12186
Columbia, SC 29211

RE: The tariff classification of a vertical lifting mast

Dear Mr. Hilton:

In your letter dated April 1, 2005 you requested a tariff classification ruling. You submitted descriptive literature with your request.

The merchandise in question is described as a vertical lifting mast, a machine capable of lifting various loads and mounted onto a mobile unit for commercial use. The masts, which can be made of single, double, or triple rails, depending on the unit model or height capacity, are usually mounted at the front end of a forklift truck, brick and block trucks, and aircraft maintenance vehicles. The mast serves as a vertical guide and support for the forks, which move up and down on the mast assembly. The various models of the vertical lifting mast share the following core components: hydraulics hardware and fittings; mast hardware; carbon steel plates, tubings, castings and flat bars; bearings; and anchors.

The applicable subheading for the vertical lifting masts will be 8428.90.0090, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other lifting, handling, loading or unloading machinery: other. The general 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 Patrick Wholey at 646-733-3013.


Robert B. Swierupski

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