Mr. Nick Marusich
John Guest Automotive Inc.
11400 Metro Airport Center Drive
Romulus, MI 48174
RE: The tariff classification of tube fittings and plugs from
Dear Mr. Marusich:
In your letter dated May 26, 1994, you requested a tariff
Four samples were included with your ruling. All will be used
with automobiles. Part 93BB9A475AA is identified as a plastic
cartridge connector. This part is fitted into a plastic manifold,
which is fitted into the engine block. It is a fitting to connect
a low pressure plastic tube into a reservoir tank.
Part 87AB2A411BA is identified as a brass cartridge connector.
It is a brass fitting used to attach a nylon tube to an engine
Part 87AB9H490AA is identified as a plastic plug for cartridge
87AB2A411BA. The plug is imported separately from the brass
cartridge connector and later fitted into the cartridge before it
is connected into the manifold. Once the connector is fitted into
the manifold, the plug will be pulled out and discarded, and a
nylon tube will be inserted in order to convey hot gases into the
brake booster system. The plug functions to protect the inside
surface of the connector.
Parts F3RF9A376AC, F3RF9A314BA and F3RF9A314AA are plastic
multiple connector modules. These parts are assembled into a fuel
sender assembly containing a fuel pump and electronic indicators.
The assembly is then fitted with a steel flange which is locked
into a plastic fuel tank. The purpose is to convey fuel to the gas
engine and return any excess gasoline back to the tank. The
modules act as fittings to attach nylon tubes to the fuel pump.
The applicable subheading for the plastic cartridge connector
tube fitting, part 93BB9A475AA, and the plastic multiple connector
module tube fittings, parts F3RF9A376AC, F3RF9A314BA and
F3RF9A314AA, will be 3917.40.0090, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of
the United States (HTS), which provides for tubes, pipes and hoses
and fittings therefor (for example, joints, elbows, flanges) of
plastics...fittings, other. The rate of duty will be 5.3 percent
The applicable subheading for the brass cartridge connector,
part 87AB2A411BA, will be 7412.20.0045, HTS, which provides for
copper tube or pipe fittings...of copper-zinc base alloys
(brass)...other. The rate of duty will be 3.2 percent ad valorem.
The applicable subheading for the protective plug, part
87AB9H490AA, will be 3926.90.9590, HTS, which provides for other
articles of plastics, other. The rate of duty will be 5.3 percent
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