In Ruling NY N304557, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determined the classification of “dummy” security cameras from China. These are plastic items manufactured in the shape of security cameras with no internal components to allow it to record or capture still images.  The cameras contain a battery-powered, blinking LED light as their only electrical component to give the impression that the camera is recording.  The “dummy” security cameras are designed to replicate the presence of functioning security cameras, thus deterring criminal activity.  

CBP determines that applicable classification for the “dummy” security cameras is 8543.70.9960 HTSUS, which provides for “Electrical machines and apparatus, having individual functions, not specified or included elsewhere in this chapter; parts thereof: Other machines and apparatus: Other: Other: Other.”  The general rate of duty will be 2.6% ad valorem.

Products of China classified under subheading 8543.70.9960, HTSUS, unless specifically excluded, are subject to the additional 25 percent ad valorem rate of duty.  At the time of importation, the Chapter 99 subheading, 9903.88.02, must be reported in addition to subheading 8543.70.9960 HTSUS.