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NY N021177

December 28, 2007



TARIFF NO.: 8203.20.6030

Ms. Carolyn Laskavy
Compliance Specialist
Central Purchasing, LLC
3491 Mission Oaks Blvd.
Camarillo, CA 93030

RE: The tariff classification of a cable cutter from China.

Dear Ms. Laskavy:

In your letter dated December 21 2007, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

You describe Item number 40507 as a 10” cable cutter. The item is said to be made of rugged heat-treated drop forged steel. You state that it is capable of cutting through cable up to 7/8” in diameter but it is not suitable for cutting steel. The picture you supplied indicates that this item has dipped handles connected to two cutting jaws that pivot at the joint.

The applicable subheading for the cable cutter will be 8203.20.6030, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), which provides for files, rasps, pliers (including cutting pliers), pincers, tweezers, metal cutting shears, pipe cutters, bolt cutters, perforating punches and similar handtools, and base metal parts thereof: pliers (including cutting pliers), pincers, tweezers and similar tools, and parts thereof: other: other (except parts), pliers. The rate of duty will be 12¢/doz. + 5.5% 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 Kathy Campanelli at 646-733-3021.


Robert B. Swierupski

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