Mr. David Rutt
General Manager, Compliance
Damco Customs Services, Inc.
9300 Arrowpoint Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28273

RE: The tariff classification of an automatic stereo turntable system from China

Dear Mr. Rutt:

In your letter dated September 8, 2015, on behalf of Barnes and Nobel Purchasing Inc., you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The merchandise under consideration is an automatic stereo turntable system, which consists of a turntable (part number AT-LP60BK) and two speakers (part number AT-SP121BK), which are imported together packaged for retail sale. The turntable, which reproduces sound from classic vinyl records, has a fully automatic belt-drive. It also has a built-in switchable phone preamp that allows the turntable to be connected directly to the included power speakers, as well as a computer, a home stereo, and other components that have no dedicated turntable input. Furthermore, the subject turntable is supplied with an integral phono cartridge with replaceable stylus. By virtue of General Rule of Interpretation 3 (b), this system is considered a set for tariff classification purposes, with the turntable imparting the essential character of the set.

The applicable subheading for this automatic stereo turntable system will be 8519.30.1000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), which provides for Sound recording or reproducing apparatus: Turntables (record-decks): With automatic record changing mechanism. The rate of duty will be 3.9 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 Lisa Cariello at


Gwenn Klein Kirschner
National Commodity Specialist Division