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NY R01945

May 27, 2005

CLA-2-82:RR:NC:N1:118 R01945


TARIFF NO.: 8205.59.5510

Ms. Pilar Dorfman
E. Besler and Company
115 Martin Lane
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

RE: The tariff classification of a stainless steel taping knife from China.

Dear Ms. Dorfman:

In your letter, dated May 6, 2005, on behalf of your client, Great Lakes Tool, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

Item 14326 is described as a soft-grip, stainless steel taping knife. The taping knife measures 14” x 3”. It has a premium tempered, stainless steel blade with rigid alloy backer. The blade is tapered to facilitate work on corners. The taping knife also features a narrow profile handle and ergonomic contours.

The applicable subheading for the stainless steel taping knife will be 8205.59.5510, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for handtools (including glass cutters) not elsewhere specified or included; blow torches and similar self-contained torches; vises, clamps and the like, other than accessories for and parts of machine tools; anvils; portable forges; hand- or pedal-operated grinding wheels with frameworks; base metal parts thereof: other handtools (including glass cutters) and parts thereof: other: other: other: of iron or steel: other: edged handtools: other. The rate of duty will be 5.3% ad valorem.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Part 177 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R.).

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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