Mr. Michael Davis
Alps Electric (USA) Inc.
3553 North First Street
San Jose, CA 95134-1898
RE: The tariff classification of ink ribbon cartridges and ink
ribbons from Japan
Dear Mr. Davis:
In your letter dated September 18, 1995, you requested a
tariff classification ruling.
The merchandise under consideration involves a model MTM32
ink ribbon cartridge that is designed for use with a standard
thermal printer for desktop computer users. It also includes the
spooled ink ribbon itself which is constructed of polyethylene
The model MTM32 ribbon cartridge consists of a plastic
cartridge (polystyrene) that is approximately eight inches in
length and two inches in height. The cartridge houses a plastic
ribbon on a spool, approximately 1/2 inch in width, that is inked
and otherwise prepared for giving impressions.
The ink ribbon (M22190-02) is basically a plastic inked
ribbon (polyethylene terepthalate) approximately 1/2 inch in
width, that is on a plastic spool. This ribbon becomes a part of
the ribbon cartridge.
The applicable subheading for the MTM32 ink ribbon cartridge
will be 9612.10.1020, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United
States (HTS), which provides for typewriter or similar ribbons,
inked or otherwise prepared for giving impressions, measuring
less than 30 mm in width, permanently put up in plastic or metal
cartridges (whether or not containing spools) of a kind used in
typewriters, automatic data processing or other machines. The
rate of duty will be 3.8 percent ad valorem.
The applicable subheading for the M221190-02 ink ribbon will
be 9612.10.9030, HTS, which provides for thermal transfer
printing ribbons of coated polyethylene terepthalate film. The
rate of duty will be 8.9 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 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 Arthur
Brodbeck at 212-466-5490.
Roger J. Silvestri