Mr. Bernard R. Nottling
Rudolph Miles & Sons, Inc.
4950 Gateway East
P.O. Box# 11057
El Paso, TX 79993
RE: The tariff classification of a steel frame with movable
steel panel from Japan
Dear Mr. Nottling:
In your letter dated August 27, 1998, you requested a
tariff classification ruling.
The device is described as a steel frame with a movable
steel panel. It is part of an audio amplifier and is used to
control the temperature inside the audio amplifier. The frame has
a small electric gear motor mounted in one corner and a printed
circuit board (PCB) mounted on one side. The frame opens and
closes an aperture as the ambient temperature changes. The heat
sensor is located on the amplifier's main board (PCB). The motor
rotates a worm gear which moves the panel up and down. The PCB
contains two switches which limit the travel of the panel. The
PCB also serves as a current path from the connector to the
motor. A sample of the device was submitted.
The device is a composite good. Noting GRI 3(b), the
essential character of this device is provided by the steel frame
with movable steel panel.
The applicable subheading for the steel frame with movable
steel panel will be 8518.90.8000, Harmonized Tariff Schedules of
the United States (HTS), which provides for " Parts: Other:
Other." The rate of duty will be 4.9 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 Eileen
Kaplan at 212-466-5673.
Robert B. Swierupski