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NY 870976

February 5, 1992



TARIFF NO.: 1602.50.9020

Mr. Adam M. Horowitz, Vice President
The Tupman Thurlow Co., Inc.
Avon Park South
40 Tower Lane
Avon, CT 06001

RE: The tariff classification of canned CORNED BEEF HASH from Brazil.

Dear Mr. Horowitz:

In your letter dated January 28, 1992, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The product in question is described as CORNED BEEF HASH packed in metal cans and consisting, by weight, of rehydrated potatoes (about 50 percent), cooked, cured beef (about 36 percent), beef (about 12 percent), and one percent or less of salt, sucrose and sodium nitrite (56 parts per million). In production, the cooked beef will be cured, first, by the addition of salt, sugar and sodium nitrite. The cured beef will then be combined with raw beef, canning trim (beef scraps), rehydrated potatoes diced to a size of approxi- mately 5 millimeters, and salt. These ingredients will be mixed, then automatically packed in clean cans. The filled cans will be sealed under vacuum, heat-processed in heated pressure vessels, cooled in water, labeled and packed for export. Each can will hold approximately 425 grams, net, weight, of product.

The applicable subheading for this canned CORNED BEEF HASH will be 1602.50.9020, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for Other prepared or preserved, meat, meat offal or blood:...Of bovine animals:...Other:...Other:...Prepared meals. The duty rate will be 10 percent ad valorem.

Articles classifiable under subheading 1602.50.9020, HTS, which are products of Brazil are entitled to duty free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) upon compliance with all applicable regulations.

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

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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