Kevin R. Turner
Import Compliance Specialist,
Johnson Electric North America
47660 Halyard Drive
Plymouth, MI 48170-2429
RE: The tariff classification of a motor from China
Dear Mr. Turner,
In your letter dated November 14, 2005, you requested a tariff classification ruling.
The item concerned is the Universal AC Motor (Part # 1999-11R0017). You state in your letter that its maximum output power is 675.92 Watts.
The purpose of the motor is to power a chainsaw.
Classification of goods in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) is governed by the General Rules of Interpretation (GRIs). GRI 1. states, “ ... classification shall be determined according to the terms of the headings ... “. Heading 8501 provides for “Electric motors ... “.
General Note 3. (h) (vi) to the HTS states, “ ... a reference to “headings” encompasses subheadings indented thereunder.”.
The applicable subheading for the Universal AC Motor (Part # 1999-11R0017) will be 8501.20.4000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for “Electric motors ... : Universal AC/DC motors of an output exceeding 37.5 W: Exceeding 74.6 W but not exceeding 735 W. The rate of duty will be 4%.
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 http://www.usitc.gov/tata/hts/.
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 Richard Laman at 646-733-3017.
Robert B. Swierupski