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HQ 953033

December 31, 1992

CLA-2 CO:R:C:F 953033 GGD


TARIFF NO.: 3926.40.0000

Mr. Michael O'Neill
O'Neill & Whitaker, Inc.
1809 Baltimore Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64108

RE: Modification of NYRLs 850497 and 850498; Plastic Water Globes from China; Not Household Articles of Plastics

Dear Mr. O'Neill:

In New York Ruling Letters (NYRLs) 850497 (issued April 12, 1990) and 850498 (issued April 5, 1990), two separate plastic water globes were classified in subheading 3924.90.5000, HTSUSA, which provides for "[t]ableware, kitchenware, other household articles and toilet articles, of plastics." We have reviewed these rulings and have found them to be partially in error. The correct classification is as follows.


The two articles at issue (item nos. 1013 and 1018 in the Sterling Supply Company Catalog) are clear plastic, liquid- filled globes, embedded in plastic bases. In item no. 1013, a snow scene is depicted, with a Christmas greeting written on the plastic base. An electronic music system is included. Item no. 1018, also depicts a snow scene. When the globes are shaken, white flakes float around the scenes and figurines.


Whether the plastic water globes should be classified in heading 3924, HTSUSA, the provision for other household articles of plastics; or in heading 3926, HTSUSA, the provision for other articles of plastics.


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.

It is apparent that the subject items will be classified according to the terms of the headings of the tariff schedule. Heading 3924, HTSUSA, provides for "[t]ableware, kitchenware, other household articles and toilet articles, of plastics." The Explanatory Note to heading 3924 indicates that, in addition to tableware, kitchenware, and toilet articles (letters A, B, and D, respectively), the heading covers:

(C) Other household articles such as ash trays, hot water bottles, matchbox holders, dustbins, buckets, watering cans, luncheon boxes, curtains, drapes, table covers and fitted furniture dustcovers (slipovers).

Articles classifiable in heading 3924, HTSUSA, tend to have no ornamental or decorative functions.

Heading 3926, HTSUSA, provides for "[o]ther articles of plastics and articles of other materials of headings 3901 to 3914." The Explanatory Note to heading 3926 indicates that the heading covers articles of plastics or other materials not elsewhere included or specified, including (among other items) "[s]tatuettes and other ornamental articles."

In Headquarters Ruling Letters (HRLs) 088290, dated March 6, 1991, and HRL 087878, dated May 20, 1991, this office held that certain glass water globes were classified under subheadings 7013.99.5000 and 7013.99.8000, HTSUSA, provisions for glassware of a kind used for...indoor decoration or similar purposes: other glassware: other, other, other, valued over $0.30 but not over $3.00 each (subheading 7013.99.5000), or over $3.00 but not over
$5.00 each (subheading 7013.99.8000). The Explanatory Note to heading 7013 indicates that in addition to decorative glassware, the heading covers glassware such as ornamental fruit bowls, statuettes, fancy articles (animals, flowers, foliage), and souvenirs bearing views.

In comparing headings 3924, 3926, and 7013, HTSUSA, it appears that heading 3924 does not accurately describe the snow scenes and figurines in the plastic water globes. On the other hand, the more specific description of plastic articles classified under heading 3926, HTSUSA, comfortably fits the descriptions contained within heading 7013, HTSUSA, under which the glass counterparts of the plastic water globes are classified.

It is our determination that the plastic water globes are classified in subheading 3926.40.0000, HTSUSA, the provision for other articles of plastics...statuettes and other ornamental articles.


The plastic water globes are classified under subheading 3926.40.0000, HTSUSA, the provision for other articles of plastics and articles of other materials of headings 3901 to 3914: statuettes and other ornamental articles. The applicable duty rate for this subheading is 5.3 percent ad valorem.

This notice should be considered modifications of NYRLs 850497 and 850498 pursuant to 19 CFR 177.9(d)(1). It is not to be applied retroactively to NYRLs 850497 or 850498 (19 CFR 177.9(d)(2)) and will not, therefore, affect past transactions for the importation of your client's merchandise under those rulings. However, for the purposes of future transactions in merchandise of this type, NYRLs 850497 and 850498 will not be valid precedent. We recognize that pending transactions may be adversely affected by these modifications, in that current contracts for importations arriving at a port subsequent to this decision will be classified pursuant to it. If such a situation arises, your client may, at its discretion, notify this office and apply for relief from the binding effects of this decision as may be warranted by the circumstances.


John Durant, Director
Commercial Rulings Division

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