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import classification parts

PARTS AND ACCESSORIES [probably greatest issue in classification errors]
1. Classification of parts seems to cause problems in all classification systems.
– HS treats parts and accessories in several ways
2. There is no definition of the term in the HS because it was felt by a majority of the
Harmonized System Committee:
a) That one was not necessary
b) General Interpretative Rules lead you to the same result it was felt.
c) U. S. Proposed one but lost in HSC so we added one for U. S. Purposes.
3. The “rules” on parts and accessories in the Harmonized System are vague at best. If there is any rule to follow, it is that a part must be solely or principally used with the article.
(Additional U. S. Rule 1 )
4. Some criteria for deciding what a part is would be:
a. Generally, an article is a part if it cannot be used on its own; or
b. Must be combined with other articles to be used ; or
c. Must be an integral, constituent or component part, without which the article to which it is joined could not function; or
d. Lends to the safe and efficient operation of the article; and
e. Must be identifiable by shape or other characteristics as an article solely or principally used as a part.

import classification

Record the appropriate full 10-digit HTS item number. This item number should be left justified. Decimals are to be used in the 10-digit number exactly as they appear in the HTS. Use the following format: 4012.11.4000
If more than one HTS number is required, follow the reporting instructions in the statistical head note in the appropriate HTS section or chapter.
Where an SPI is required for an HTS number, see Column 27 instructions.
For each item covered by a binding tariff classification ruling, report the ruling number (provided in the applicable ruling letter) directly below the HTS number of the appropriate line item. Precede the ruling number with the abbreviation “RLNG.” For an item classified under the same tariff classification number but not specifically covered by the binding tariff classification ruling, provide a separate line item breakout for that item.
For those line items that require the reporting of more than one data element (i.e. category number and/or manufacturer identification number) in this same area, the hierarchy should be as follows:
Category Number
Manufacturer Identification Number
Ruling Number
The correct format for reporting a ruling number or pre-approval indicator are listed below, respectively:
RLNG 654321
INDCTR 356780
For sets, which are classifiable in accordance with GRI 3(b) or 3(c) of the HTS, report in column 30 the HTS number from which the rate of duty for the set is derived. Precede this number with an SPI of “X.” Report with that part of the set so classified the total value, quantity and charges associated with the set, as well as all applicable duties, taxes, and fees, in the appropriate columns. In addition, each article in the set (including the article designated with a prefix of “X”) should be reported on a separate Page 15
line as if it were separately classified. Precede these HTS numbers with an SPI of “V.” Report the quantity and value attributed to each article associated with the “V” SPI.
All other reporting requirements including, but not limited to, quota, visa, licensing, and other government agency requirements, should be reported along with the appropriate HTS number preceded with an SPI of “V.” Both the “X” and “V” should be right justified in column 27, immediately preceding, and on the same line as the HTS number to which it applies.
Directly below the HTS number, indicate the appropriate AD/CVD case number(s), as assigned by the Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration. The following format shall be used:
A000-000-000 -or- A-000-000-000 (AD)
C000-000-000 -or- C-000-000-000 (CV)
If the actual manufacturer of the goods is not known, the suffix 999 (ex. A-000-000-999) must be used to indicate that the actual manufacturer is not known. The case numbers with a suffix of 000 (ex. A-000-000-000) should only be used when the identity of the manufacturer is known and falls under the other provisions of the AD/CVD case.
When bonding is permitted and used, record the phrase “Surety Code” and the surety number [e.g., (Surety Code #123)]. If cash or government securities are deposited in lieu of surety, record “Surety Code #998.”
Directly below the HTS number record the textile category for each separate line, as applicable. Use the following format: CAT NNN


Directly below the pertinent line information, on the same line as the applicable rate in column 33, identify any other fee, charge or exaction that applies. Examples include the beef fee, honey fee, pork fee, cotton fee, harbor maintenance fee (HMF), sugar fee, and merchandise processing fee (MPF). All fees, with the exception of the HMF, are to be reported at the line item level. The HMF may be shown either at the line item level or once at the bottom of column 29 on the first page of the summary.