Mr. Antonio C. Vozzolo
Antonio C. Vozzolo, CHB
45-09 104th Street
Corona, NY 11368

RE: The tariff classification of a rubber ring from Italy

Dear Mr. Vozzolo:

In your undated letter, which was received in this office on March 11, 2013, you requested a tariff classification ruling on behalf of your client AZG, LLC, Georgia.

The sample submitted with your request is identified as a ring used in the sorting line of a ceramics factory for rotating and depositing tiles on a forming stack. The ring measures approximately 2 ½ inches in diameter and 1 ¼ inches in depth. You state that it is made from a blend of natural rubber and styrene butadiene synthetic rubber.

You suggest classification in subheading 4006.90 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), which provides for other forms (for example, rods, tubes and profile shapes) and articles (for example, discs and rings), of unvulcanized rubber. However, the ring that is the subject of this request is made of vulcanized rubber.

The applicable subheading for the rubber ring will be 4016.99.6050, HTSUS, which provides for other articles of vulcanized rubber other than hard rubber: other…other. The rate of duty will be 2.5 percent ad valorem.

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 Joan Mazzola at (646) 733-3023.


Thomas J. Russo
National Commodity Specialist Division