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NY N023293

February 29, 2008



TARIFF NO.: 8544.70.0000

Jennifer Diaz, Esq.
Becker & Poliakoff
P.O. Box 9057
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33310-9057

RE: The tariff classification of Optical Fiber Cables from China

Dear Ms. Diaz:

In your letter dated February 11, 2008, on behalf of FCM Products, Inc., you requested a tariff classification ruling. The samples which you submitted were destroyed in analysis.

The items concerned are referred to as “Optical Fiber Cable Assemblies or Patch Cords” (s/n 07061440158 and s/n LFP510071001). Both cable assemblies are constructed from what is known as Duplex Zipcord cable. Zipcord cable appears to be two separate cables, each containing one individually sheath optical fiber and aramid yarn encased in an outer jacket of PVC, join together down the length of the cable with a thin web of PVC. This makes it possible (if necessary) to pull the two halves of the cable apart and have two separate, yet complete, fiber optic cables.

Style number 07061440158 measures approximately three feet in length and incorporates optical fiber connectors on each end. Style number LFP510071001 measures approximately twenty-one feet in length and incorporates optical fiber connectors on each end. Both styles are two-fiber optical cables, in a Zipcord construction. The fiber optic strands are constructed of glass, have a cladding of acrylate and are individually sheath in a colored covering of PVC. The sheathed fibers are combined with strengthening material made of Kevlar aramid yarn which runs the length of the cable. The sheath optical fibers and Kevlar aramid yarn is housed within an outer jacket made of PVC.

The applicable subheading for both styles of Optical Fiber Cable Assemblies or Patch Cords (s/n 07061440158 and s/n LFP510071001) will be 8544.70.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), which provides for Insulated wire, cable and other insulated electric conductors: Optical fiber cables”. The rate of duty will be Free.

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 Steve Pollichino at 646-733-3008.


Robert B. Swierupski

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