Mr. Bruce MacKinnon
1/36 Ashby Ave.
Auckland, New Zealand
RE: The tariff classification of a threaded insert from New
Dear Mr. MacKinnon:
In your letter dated October 27, 1998, you requested a
tariff classification ruling.
The subject item is described as a threaded insert, type
FTT Standard Flange. Its thread size is 1/2". The materials are
either mild steel or stainless steel. The insert would be
machined on a lathe and placed into a pre-drilled hole. The
threaded mandrel of an insert tool is screwed into the insert.
The tool works with a force on the insert which compresses it
into the job. You can now screw a nut into the insert.
The applicable subheading for the threaded insert, type
FTT Standard Flange, will be 7318.19.0000, Harmonized Tariff
Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for screws,
bolts, nuts, coach screws, screw hooks, rivets, cotters, cotter
pins, washers and similar articles, of iron or steel: threaded
articles: other. The duty rate will be 5.7% ad valorem.
Consideration was given to classifying this product under
subheading 7318.16.00, HTS, as you have suggested. However, this
insert does not meet the exemplars to the Explanatory Notes for
nuts in that subheading. Furthermore, nuts in that subheading
are designed to be engaged with a bolt.
This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Part
177 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 177).
A copy of this 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 212-466-5492.
Robert B. Swierupski