CLA-2-85:S:N:N1:109 844868

Ms. Judith M. Barzilay
Sony Corporation of America
Sony Drive
Park Ridge, New Jersey 07656

RE: The tariff classification of a cathode-ray tube from Japan.

Dear Ms. Barzilay:

In your letter dated August 24, 1989, you requested a tariff classification ruling. Your letter describes the cathode ray tube, identified as model number SD-175, as a cathode-ray tube designed to be incorporated into office computer and engineering work station display monitors. It has a screen pitch of 0.26 mm and a single scanning frequency of 31.5 kHZ. You state that the World Type Designation Number (WTDS) for the tube is M34JNQ15X. The WTDS number indicates that the tube uses phosphor sets intended for television applications. The tube appears to be capable of being used in a progressive television set. The tube appears to have a video display diameter of approximately 34 cm.

The applicable subheading for the cathode-ray tube, model SD-175, will be 8540.11.0020, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for "[c]athode-ray television picture tubes, [c]olor, [h]aving a video screen diagonal exceeding 33 cm but not exceeding 35 cm." The rate of duty will be 15 percent ad valorem.

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

A copy of this ruling letter should be attached to the entry documents filed at the time this merchandise is imported. If the documents have been filed without a copy, this ruling should be brought to the attention of the Customs officer handling the transaction.


Jean F. Maguire
Area Director
New York Seaport