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HQ 952605


December 2, 1992

CLA-2 CO:R:C:F 952605 GGD

CATEGORY: CLASSIFICATION

TARIFF NO.: 9502.10.2000; 9902.95.01

Mr. Steve Lai
JRL Toys
14930 Catalina Street
San Leandro, California 94577

RE: Modification of New York Ruling Letter (NYRL) 851368; a bride doll from Taiwan

Dear Mr. Lai:

This letter is in further response to your inquiry of April 9, 1990, concerning the tariff classification of a bride doll, to be imported from Taiwan by JRL Toys. A sample of the doll was submitted with your original ruling request.

FACTS:

In NYRL 851368, dated April 24, 1990, Customs classified the doll under subheading 9502.10.8000, HTSUSA, the provision for dolls, whether or not dressed, that are other than stuffed. The applicable duty rate for that subheading is 12 percent ad valorem. We have reviewed that ruling and have found it to be partially in error.

The doll measures approximately seventeen inches in height. The head of the doll is made of porcelain with molded and painted facial features and synthetic hair. The head is attached to a porcelain harness or chest plate, which forms the tops of the shoulders, the complete shoulder blades, and a large portion of the breasts. A small textile piece is placed over the lower chest to form the remainder of the breasts. The harness extends down the torso to a length not exceeding half the distance from the bottom of the neck to the groin. The remainder of the torso is comprised of traditional stuffing materials, as are the upper arms and legs. The outer material of the torso and other stuffed sections of the doll consist of a fabric material.

ISSUE:

Whether the doll should be classified as stuffed, or as other than stuffed.

LAW AND ANALYSIS:

Classification under the HTSUSA is made in accordance with the General Rules of Interpretation (GRI's). The systematic detail of the harmonized system is such that virtually all goods are classified by application of GRI 1, that is, according to the terms of the headings of the tariff schedule and any relative Section or Chapter Notes. In the event that the goods cannot be classified solely on the basis of GRI 1, and if the headings and legal notes do not otherwise require, the remaining GRI's may then be applied. The Explanatory Notes (EN's) to the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, which represent the official interpretation of the tariff at the international level, facilitate classification under the HTSUSA by offering guidance in understanding the scope of the headings and GRI's.

The proper heading in this case is clear, i.e., heading 9502 for dolls. The subheadings at issue differentiate between stuffed dolls and those that are not stuffed. Therefore, only reference to GRI 1 is necessary here, as a determination of what constitutes a stuffed doll is dispositive of the issue. The definition of "stuffed doll," for tariff purposes, is set out in Customs Service Decision (CSD) 92-28, dated July 8, 1992. This definition states that a doll is "stuffed" if:

(a) the torso (which in this use means the body of the doll from the bottom of the neck to the groin) is, in whole or in part, manufactured to contain either:

(i) traditional stuffing material, which includes natural or synthetic textile materials,
(ii) filling material, which includes pellets, beans, or crushed nutshells, or
(iii) any combination of the stuffing or filling material referred to in (i) and (ii);

(b) any insert in the doll, which may include a mechanism, voice unit, sound device, head stabilizer, music box, battery pack, or similar device, or compartment in which a person's hand can be placed, is covered by the stuffing or filling material referred to in (a) on at least 3 of the 4 sides of the torso;

(c) at least a portion of the skin of the torso is constructed of soft or pliable material or fabric; and

(d) any hard-surface harness, chestplate, or backplate making up or over a portion of the body of the doll, does not extend below half of the distance from the bottom of the neck to the bottom of the groin.

It is our determination that the doll is classified in subheading 9502.10.2000, HTSUSA, the provision for stuffed dolls. The torso of the doll is filled with traditional stuffing material and covered in a skin of soft fabric. The chestplate and backplate of the doll extend to considerably less than "half of the distance from the bottom of the neck to the bottom of the groin."

HOLDING:

The bride doll is properly classified under subheading 9502.10.2000, HTSUSA, the provision for dolls representing human beings and parts and accessories thereof, dolls, whether or not dressed, stuffed. The duty on this merchandise is temporarily suspended under subheading 9902.95.01, HTSUSA, until December 31, 1992. After that time, the general column one duty rate of 12 percent ad valorem will apply.

NYRL 851368, dated April 24, 1990, is hereby modified.

Sincerely,

John Durant, Director

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