Mr. David Yeh
130 W. Cochran Street
Simi Valley, CA 93065

RE: The tariff classification of an HDMI cable from China

Dear Mr. Yeh:

In your letter dated July 27, 2011, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The merchandise concerned is a high definition multimedia interface cable (HDMI cable). This particular cable incorporates 24k gold plated connectors on each end; a type A connector on one end and a type D connector on the opposite end. The submitted literature states that this cable is UL20276 certified, triple shielded, has a 4 mm diameter, is RoHS, CE, UL, FCC, HDMI compliant, and is available in 3.2, 6.5 or 9.8 foot lengths.

This cable is used to connect a cell phone, and/or other HDMI type D compatible devices to an HDMI supported TV or display.

The applicable subheading for the high definition multimedia interface cable (HDMI cable) will be 8544.42.2000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), which provides for “Insulated wire, cable…: Other electric conductors, for a voltage not exceeding 1,000 V: Fitted with connectors: Other: Of a kind used for telecommunications”. The rate of duty will be Free.

Duty rates are provided for your convenience and are subject to change. The text of the most recent HTSUS and the accompanying duty rates are provided on World Wide Web 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 Steven Pollichino at (646) 733-3008.


Robert B. Swierupski
National Commodity Specialist Division