CLA-2-74:RR:NC:1:118 K85489

Mr. Terence Teo
Inmac Singapore PTE LTD.
20 Loyang Street
Loyang Industrial Estate
Singapore 508849

RE: The tariff classification of brass wire from Singapore.

Dear Mr. Teo:

In your letter dated April 19, 2004, on behalf of Graphel Corp., Westchester, OH, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

You have described your product as Inmac EDM brass cut-wire. The wire, which is spooled, will have a diameter range of between 0.15 mm and 0.3 mm. The chemical composition of the product is 65% copper and 35% zinc or 60% copper and 40% zinc (brass). The purpose of the item is for it to be used with electrical discharge machines for wire cutting.

The applicable subheading for the brass wire will be 7408.21.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for copper wire: of copper alloys: of copper-zinc base alloys (brass). The general rate of duty will be 3% ad valorem. Products of Singapore classifiable under subheading 7408.21.0000, HTS, may be entitled to duty free treatment under the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement upon compliance with all applicable regulations. Additional information pertaining to this agreement can be found on the Customs Web site at

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Part 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 Kathy Campanelli at 646-733-3021.


Robert B. Swierupski
National Commodity
Specialist Division