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NY N020452

December 19, 2007



TARIFF NO.: 8537.10.9050

Mr. Mark Brandt
Telect, Inc.
3100 E. Plano Parkway
Plano, TX 75074

RE: The tariff classification of power distribution panels from China and Mexico.

Dear Mr. Brandt:

In your letter dated November 29, 2007, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The merchandise under consideration are power distribution panel boards identified in your specification sheet as GMT, KLM/KTK, TPA and TPC Fuse Panels. Photographs and specifications were provided with your ruling request.

The three panels are wall or rack mounted distribution boards designed to provide power and over current protection to various network devices and other similar applications. Each panel consists of a metal housing with mounting ears and several terminal strips located on the back for connecting a supply source of electricity (line voltage) and feed (load voltage) for delivering power to other devices. Over current protection is provided by either fuses or magnetic circuit breakers located on the face of the panel boards. Additionally, each panel distribution board provides status lights and alarms to alert when a circuit disruption occurs. The power distribution panels are manufactured in various configurations depending on the complexity, product features and the number of devices they will distribute power to. The panels are rated for a maximum voltage of 48 Volts (V) and 350 Amps (A).

In your letter you suggest an alternative classification for the panel distribution boards under subheading 8517.69.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), as other apparatus for communication networks. The power distribution panels, however, are specifically provided for in heading 8537, HTSUS.

The applicable subheading for the GMT, KLM/KTK, TPA and TPC Fuse Panels will be 8537.10.9050, HTSUS, which provides for “Boards, panels, consolesand other bases, equipped with two or more apparatus of heading 8535 or 8536, for electric control or the distribution of electricity: For a voltage not exceeding 1,000 V: Other: Other: Panel boards and distribution boards.” The general rate of duty will be 2.7 percent ad valorem.

Duty rates are provided for your convenience and are subject to change. The text of the most recent HTSUS and the accompanying duty rates are provided on World Wide Web at http://www.usitc.gov/tata/hts/.

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 Thomas Campanelli at 646-733-3016.


Robert B. Swierupski

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