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NY 871524

February 24, 1992

CLA-2-49:S:N1:234 871524


TARIFF NO.: 4905.99.0000

Ms. Jennifer Edgar
WHERE Magazines International
70 The Esplanade
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5E 1R2

RE: The tariff classification and marking of a map from Canada.

Dear Ms. Edgar:

In your letter dated February 14, 1992, you requested a tariff classification and marking ruling.

A sample was submitted and will be retained for reference. It is a fold-up street map of Manhattan which will be distributed free of charge (through hotels and tourist kiosks) to visitors to New York City. It is a 45 x 66 cm sheet of paper that folds into a 9 x 22 cm format. One side is printed with a full map of Manhattan below 90th Street, while the other features smaller depictions of uptown and downtown areas. Each side is also printed with information and advertising related to shopping, dining, museums, attractions and the like.

The applicable subheading for the map will be 4905.99.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for printed maps, other than those in book form. The rate of duty will be free.

You propose to position the required "Printed in Canada" marking in a place other than the front or back panels which are exposed when the map is in its folded condition. We find this proposal to be unacceptable, since the marking is intended to inform the recipient of the country of origin upon casual handling of the item. Because the "front cover" of the map in its folded state is not "hidden," and since it summarizes all the other pertinent information about the article ("title," list of features, publisher, compliments of...), we find that the country of origin marking should be placed on that panel, legibly and in a contrasting color.

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

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