Mr. Kevin W. Lewis
Distributed Processing Technology
140 Candace Drive
Maitland, FL 32751
RE: The tariff classification of RAID disk subsystem components from Ireland.
Dear Mr. Lewis:
In your letter dated February 11, 1998, you requested a tariff classification ruling.
The merchandise under consideration involves hard drive storage cabinets with power supplies, hard drives in shuttles designed to integrate into the storage cabinets, empty hard drive shuttles which allow customers to integrate their own drives, and product user manuals.
The hard drive storage cabinets, such as model RT-0013-002 7 bay storage tower, are basically metal rackmount cabinets that support 7, 10 and 14 RAIDstation rackmountable storage arrays. They incorporate a 2/180W power supply, a SCSI bus interface, and are 20.5" in height, 8.7" in length, and 14" in depth.
The hard drives, such as model RT-0021-002 4.3GB, 7200 RPM Seagate drive, are designed for integration into the storage cabinets. These drives will fit into special hard drive carriers, that are compatible with the RAIDstation storage arrays.
The empty hard drive carriers, or shuttles, such as model RT-0006-002 SCA shuttle, are basically the housings or carriers for the hard drives that will be placed into the RAID storage array units.
The power supplies, such as model RT-0001-002 180 Watt in carrier-110v power supply, are designed for use with the ADP storage units, such as the RAIDstation storage arrays.
The storage tower manuals, such as model DO-0969-002, are basically user manuals for the computer storage units.
The applicable subheading for the hard drive storage cabinets and the empty shuttle carriers will be 8473.30.5000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other parts and accessories of the machines of heading 8471. The rate of duty will be free.
The applicable subheading for the hard drives in carriers will be 84126.96.36.199, HTS, which provides for hard magnetic disk drive units, not assembled in cabinets, and without attached external power supply. The rate of duty will be free.
The applicable subheading for the power supplies, when separately shipped, will be 8504.40.6012, HTS, which provides for power supplies suitable for physical incorporation into automatic data processing machines or units thereof of heading 8471, with a power output exceeding 150 W but not exceeding 500 W. The rate of duty will be free.
The applicable subheading for the user manuals, when separately shipped, will be 4901.99.00, HTS, which provides for other printed books, brochures, leaflets and similar printed matter, whether or not in single sheets. The rate of duty will be free.
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 Art Brodbeck at 212-466-5490.
Robert B. Swierupski