Mr. Don Ramey
Corrigan Dispatch Company
1350 Cheers Blvd.
Brownsville, TX 78523-3610
RE: The tariff classification of DC brushless motors from Mexico
Dear Mr. Ramey:
In your letter dated November 14, 1996, on behalf of Philips Technologies,
you requested a tariff classification ruling.
The merchandise is a variety of DC brushless motors, designed to be used as
paper drivers for photocopy machines. They are imported complete with their
electronics and have a wire and connector for attachment to an internal power
supply. Some of the models have gears attached. You have suggested that the
items be classified as parts of copiers.
Classification of merchandise under the HTSUS is governed by the General
Rules of Interpretation (GRI's). GRI 1 provides that for legal purposes,
classification shall be determined according to the terms of the headings and
any relative section or chapter notes.
Section XVIII, Note 2 states that parts or accessories for machines,
apparatus, instruments or articles of Chapter 90 are to be classified according
to the following rules:
(a) parts or accessories which are goods included in any of the headings of this
Chapter or of Chapter 84, 85 or 91 are in all cases to be classified in their
We must consider whether the items are classifiable in Chapter 85,
particularly heading 8501, HTS, which provides for electric motors. The
Explanatory Notes to Section XVI, 85.01(I)(A) remark that motors are of many
types and sizes, according to the use or purpose for which they are designed.
Further, they remain classified in heading 8501 even when equipped with gears or
gear boxes. DC brushless motors commonly employ electronics to control their
functioning. Since both the gears and the electronics are components of the
complete motor, their presence does not affect the classification. The
merchandise falls within Chapter 85; therefore, it is excluded from Chapter 90.
The applicable subheading for each particular printer motor will depend on the
power output of the motor in watts.
The applicable subheading for motors if under 18.65 watts will be
8501.10.4040, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which
provides for electric motors, of under 18.65 W, other, DC, brushless. The
general duty rate will be 5.7 percent ad valorem.
The applicable subheading for motors if 18.65 watts or more but not
exceeding 37.5 watts will be 8501.10.6040, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the
United States (HTS), which provides for electric motors of 18.65 W or more but
not exceeding 37.5 W, DC, brushless. The general duty rate will be 3.6 percent
The applicable subheading for motors if exceeding 37.5 watts but not
exceeding 74.6 watts will be 8501.31.2000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the
United States (HTS), which provides for electric motors, other DC motors, of an
output not exceeding 750 W motors exceeding 37.5 W but not exceeding 74.6 W. The
general duty rate will be 3.6 percent ad valorem.
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 James Smyth at 212-466-2084.
Roger J. Silvestri