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HQ 734272

January 27, 1992

MAR-2-05 CO:R:C:V 734272 NL


Mr. Fred Morr, Jr.
Twin Plant International Inc.
P.O. Box 1523
Del Rio, TX 78840

RE: Country of Origin Marking - Automotive Lights and Marker Lamps.

Dear Mr. Morr:

This is in response to your letter of July 19, 1991, in which you request a ruling on behalf of Grote Manufacturing Company concerning the country of origin marking requirements for certain automotive lights and lamps assembled in Mexico.


You have asked about the sufficiency of the markings on the following articles: No. 4525 "Marker Lamp"; No. 4541 "Marker Lamp"; No. 5085 "Marker Lamp"; No. 4671 "Marker Lamp"; and the No. 5277 "Torsion Mount Tail Light", all manufactured by Grote. Samples and engineering drawings have been submitted. You have advised this office that the articles will be imported into the U.S. under subheading 9802.00.80, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. It is assumed for purposes of this ruling that the articles satisfy the eligibility requirements for this subheading.

It is proposed that each lamp will be marked by means of raised lettering on the plastic light covers. Alongside the names "Madison, Ind." and "Toronto, Can.", in lettering of the same size, appear the words, "Assembled in Mexico". Upon review of the engineering drawings, which are rendered to actual scale, we find that this marking will satisfy the requirements of legibility and conspicuousness set forth under section 304 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1304). In addition, this marking satisfies the requirement of 19 CFR 134.46 that in any case in which the name of a country or geographic location other than the country of origin appears on an article, the name of the country of origin must appear in close proximity to such names.

The articles are to be packaged in three ways for importation into the U.S. For shipments to original equipment manufacturers the lamps will be packed in quantities of 50 or 100 per box, and the box will be marked. Other lamps will be packed in blister packs and placed in boxes of ten for sale to the replacement parts market in the U.S. The remainder of the lamps will be imported and sold in individual cardboard boxes for retail or after market sale. The exterior of every box and every blister pack will be marked "Assembled in Mexico". In each case, this marking will satisfy the requirements of 19 U.S.C. 1304 that the English name of the country of origin of the article will be indicated to the ultimate purchaser in the U.S.


The marking of the articles enumerated above complies with the country of origin marking requirements as set forth at 19 U.S.C. 1304 and Part 134, Customs Regulations.


John Durant
Director, Commercial

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