CLA-2-85:RR:NC:MM:101 D82872

Mr. Paul M. Lichstein
Beijing Trade Exchange, Inc.
701 E Street, SE.
Washington, D.C. 20003

RE: The tariff classification of Windshield Wipers from China

Dear Mr. Lichstein:

In your letter dated September 28, 1998 you requested a tariff classification ruling.

You submitted a sample of a windshield wiper which is composed of an artificial rubber blade with metal stiffener attached to steel brackets coated with polyethylene based paint to resist corrosion. The brackets act to attach the entire assembly to the automobile. The product is used to remove water from a glass windshield.

The applicable subheading for the wiper will be 8512.90.9000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for Electrical lighting or signaling equipment (excluding articles of heading 8539), windshield wipers, defrosters and demisters, of a kind used for cycles or motor vehicles; parts thereof: Parts: Other. The rate of duty will be 2.6% 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 Robert DeSoucey at 212-466-5667.


Robert B. Swierupski
National Commodity
Specialist Division