Mr. Ming J. Liou
Beta Electronics, Inc.
2209 Cloverdale Court
Columbus, Ohio 43235-2723
RE: The tariff classification of laser diodes, laser diode
modules, and laser pointers from Taiwan
Dear Mr. Liou:
In your letter dated April 4, 1994 you requested a tariff
The laser diodes are semiconductor devices used as the light
source for laser printers, CD players, barcode readers and other
types of apparatus. The laser diode modules contain the laser
diode, a driving circuit, a plastic lens and a mounting housing.
The plastic lens is considered an optical element for the purposes
of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule. The laser pointers contain the
laser diode module and are used as pointers to highlight areas of
maps, charts, and similar articles. The laser pointer is imported
without a battery.
The applicable subheading for the laser diode will be
8541.40.2000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
(HTS), which provides for light-emitting diodes (LED's). The rate
of duty will be 2 percent ad valorem.
The applicable subheading for the laser diode module and the
laser pointer will be 9013.80.6000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of
the United States (HTS), which provides for other optical
appliances and instruments, not specified or included elsewhere in
this chapter; other devices, appliances and instruments; other.
The rate of duty will be 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 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