Ms. Joan McLeod
Northern Telecom, Inc.
77 Oriskany Drive
Tonawanda, N.Y. 14150
RE: The tariff classification of elastomer from Canada.
Dear Ms. McLeod:
In your letter dated May 16, 1991, you requested a tariff
The elastomer is a molded silicone rubber pad with
collapsible protrusions or domes. Each dome contains a
conductive carbon silicone contact, which provides the bridging
when uses in PC board switch panels. They can be made with a
variety of stroke length, acuation force, tactile feedback
shapes, and sizes. The elastomer is custom molded to the
customers specifications in a variety of configurations. It used
with the customers key tops, PC board switch panel, and bezel.
The elastomer appears to be cut to size ready for assembly into a
The applicable subheading for the elastomer will be
8517.90.3000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
(HTS), which provides for "Parts of telephone sets." The rate of
duty will be 8.5 percent ad valorem.
Goods classifiable under subheading 8517.90.3000, HTS, which
have originated in the territory of Canada, will be entitled to a
free rate of duty under the United States - Canada Free Trade
Agreement (FTA) upon compliance with all applicable regulations.
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
Jean F. Maguire
New York Seaport