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NY 884837

April 19, 1993

CLA-2-48:S:N8:234 884837


TARIFF NO.: 4820.50.0000

Mr. Able Sun
Attorney at Law
8 Chatham Square, Suite 603
New York, New York 10038

RE: The tariff classification of Stamp Albums from China.

Dear Mr. Sun:

In your letter dated April 7, 1993, on behalf of your client, Hua Hui Trading, Inc., you requested a tariff classification ruling.

Two samples were submitted, which will be retained for reference. They are books, unprinted except for the words "Stamp Album" on the title page, bound with hard paperboard covers which are themselves decorated with printed pictures of postage stamps. The smaller sample has a snap-fastener closure; the larger has no closure of any kind. Both books have pages of rigid paperboard, of thicknesses of 1.22 mm or 1.6 mm, each page separated by a sheet of thin glassine paper. The pages have 6 or 8 clear plastic pockets, into which individual postage stamps may be placed for storage and viewing.

The albums are of the kind known as "stock books", and thus do not limit or prescribe the particular stamp or series of stamps which may be collected or stored in them.

The applicable subheading for Stamp Albums as described will be 4820.50.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for: Albums (of paper or paperboard) for samples or for collections. The rate of duty will be 4 per cent.

The samples are not marked to indicated their country of origin: China. Each imported album (or its container) will be required to be marked, "Made in China", "Product of China", or words of similar import.
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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