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

RE: The tariff classification of a USB cable from China

Dear Mr. Yeh:

In your letter dated August 10, 2011, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The merchandise concerned is a Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 data cable, model # MV9MDATA. This particular cable incorporates a standard USB connector on one end and a micro USB connector on the other end. The submitted literature states that this cable weighs 0.8 ounces and is 3 feet in length.

This cable is used to connect select Motorola phones to a personal computer. The cable facilitates the transfer of data to and from the computer.

The applicable subheading for the USB 2.0 data cable, model # MV9MDATA 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 1,000V: 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