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Classification Review of Unfinished Engines

The Commodity

The unfinished engines at issue are used primarily in forklifts and are imported without fuel systems fitted. However, after importation, they are fitted with fuel systems suitable for either liquid propane, gasoline, natural gas, or bi-fuel (either liquid propane or gasoline). PSI substantiated in its supplemental filing that all of the engines at issue are manufactured with hardened fuel valve seatings on the intake and exhaust valves. This is done in order to protect the valve seatings from the higher fuel burning temperatures associated with burning liquid propane or natural gas. The hardened valve seatings provide stability, strength, and durability, allowing the engines to operate at peak efficiency and performance.

In addition, the hardened valve seatings are also designed to prevent wear and tear on the engine and fuel system, as well as to reduce the risk of engine malfunction and breakdown. This is especially important in forklifts, where the engines must operate at high temperatures and in tough operating conditions. The hardened valve seatings are essential in ensuring that the engines can operate safely and efficiently under these conditions.

Overall, the use of hardened fuel valve seatings in the engines at issue is a very important step in providing reliable and safe performance in forklift engines. It ensures that the engines can operate at peak efficiency and performance, while also protecting them from wear and tear and reducing the risk of engine malfunction and breakdown.

Tariff Classification

Natural gas and liquid propane engines have several benefits that make them attractive to many industries. They are much less polluting than gasoline and diesel engines, they are quieter, they produce fewer emissions, they are cheaper to run, and they require little or no maintenance. Additionally, they are becoming increasingly popular in the transportation and marine industries due to their efficiency and reliability.

In terms of import requirements, all imported engines of statistical reporting number 8407.90.9010 must have their origin of manufacture and the manufacturing process clearly stated on the invoice and must meet applicable safety requirements. Additionally, all imported engines must be accompanied by a valid certificate of origin and must be in compliance with applicable labeling and marking requirements.

In conclusion, statistical reporting number 8407.90.9010 describes natural gas or liquid propane engines, which have several advantages over gasoline and diesel engines. Imported engines must meet all applicable safety requirements, have their origin of manufacture and manufacturing process clearly stated on the invoice and must be accompanied by a valid certificate of origin.

Law and Analysis

GRI 2(a) is a rule under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUSA). The rule applies to unfinished engines with hardened intake and exhaust fuel valve seatings that have the essential character of a natural gas or liquid propane engine of statistical reporting number 8407.90.9010, HTSUSA. According to the rule, any reference in a heading to an article shall include a reference to that article incomplete or unfinished, provided that it has the essential character of the complete or finished article. This rule also applies to articles complete or finished that are entered unassembled or disassembled.

The purpose of this rule is to ensure that unfinished engines with hardened intake and exhaust fuel valve seatings are classified in the correct tariff. This is important because the tariffs are used to determine the applicable taxes and duties on imported goods. By having this rule in place, the government is able to accurately assess the taxes and duties on these engines. Furthermore, the rule helps to prevent importers from attempting to avoid paying the correct taxes and duties by misclassifying the engines.

Overall, GRI 2(a) is an important rule that helps to ensure accurate classification of unfinished engines with hardened intake and exhaust fuel valve seatings, and to prevent importers from trying to avoid paying the correct taxes and duties.

Source – CROSS # HQ H312118

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