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Classification of hot-rolled products of non-alloy steel with a nickel silver alloy

In the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1207, the Commission established the classification of products of hot-rolled non-alloy steel with a nickel silver alloy in the Combined Nomenclature (CN).

Hot-rolled, non-alloyed steel products containing a nickel silver alloy are, according to the Commission, classified under heading 8517 70 00 as”part of a transmitting or receiving apparatus for sound, images or other data in a wireless network”.

Articles of hot-rolled non-alloy steel with a nickel silver alloy

The 2018/1207 Implementing Regulation (EU) applies to products made of hot-rolled non-alloy steel with a nickel silver alloy.

These goods consist of a round cap with a diameter of 2.7 cm and connected to a hollow threaded shank with a diameter of 0.5 cm. This cap has a slight depression in the middle, which is bent into a hole and is equipped with a small ventilation opening on the bent part. The total length of the goods is 2.5 cm.

It is used as a tuning element with a bandpass filter designed for this purpose, which is used to transmit signals of certain frequencies. It is screwed into the housing of such a filter and filters out higher and lower frequencies, which is why its essential character is used for frequency tuning.

Classification of goods

The Commission considers that this product cannot be classified as screws or bolts, as it does not serve to assemble or fasten goods. A classification in heading 7318 is therefore excluded.

The essential character of the product is its function as a component of base stations of cellular networks. The function in the sense of such networks is the only possible use and is indispensable for the operability of such networks, which is why the goods must therefore be classified under CN code 8517 70 00 as”part of a transmitting or receiving device for sound, images or other data from wireless networks”.

Validity for similar goods

The Classification Regulations only apply to goods which correspond to the above-mentioned goods, but they can be used as an aid to classify similar goods.

Therefore, companies should now check whether their imports are affected by these regulations. For example, binding tariff information (BTIs) issued to them could have become invalid due to new classification regulations. Incorrect classification always carries the risk of criminal or fine-law consequences.

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