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NY 854911

August 6, 1990

CLA-2-90:S:N:N1:114 854911


TARIFF NO.: 9004.10.0000

Mr. Ernet Zapata, Vice President
Corcoran International Corporation
15 Park Row
New York, New York 10038

RE: The tariff classification of clip-on sunglasses from Denmark.

Dear Mr. Zapata:

In your letter dated July 30, 1990, on behalf of the Max Gruenhut International Corporation, New York, N.Y., you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The items for which you request a classification are clip-on sunglasses. These sunglasses are metal-rimmed sunglasses with glass lenses, but without the temple (or side) portion. The clip-on sunglasses have built-in prongs for attachment to eyeglasses. These clip-on sunglasses are imported and sold in a zip-lock-type of transparent clear plastic bag. A sample of the sunglasses and bag were submitted.

The applicable subheading for the clip-on sunglasses will be 9004.10.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for sunglasses. The rate of duty will be 7.2 percent ad valorem.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Section 177 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 177).

In your letter, you also ask for our recommendation as to an acceptable form of country-of-origin marking for the clip-on sunglasses that would meet the marking requirements of U.S. Customs. As you indicate, the clip-on sunglasses are difficult to mark (by methods such as die-stamping, engraving, and cast-in- the-mold lettering, for example) because they consist only of the lenses and the thin metal rim. You inquire as to whether it would be acceptable to put a sticker or adhesive label on one of the lenses. A sticker or adhesive label on the front portion of the lens would be acceptable marking, provided that the sticker is securely attached and suffi- ciently permanent so that it will remain on the article until it reaches the ultimate consumer. The sunglasses may be marked in any area of the lens that will ensure that the country of origin marking is clear and conspicuous, with lettering that is large enough to be clearly readable through the clear plastic bag.

A copy of this ruling letter should be attached to the entry documents filed at the time this merchandise is imported. If the documents have been filed without a copy, this ruling should be brought to the attention of the Customs officer handling the transaction.


Jean F. Maguire
Area Director

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