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NY 892943

December 14, 1993

CLA-2-S:N:N8:344 892943


Mr. William T. Wilson
Kienzle Time, Inc.
100 Honing Road
Fox Lake, IL 60020-0098

RE: The country of origin marking of a clock from the Czech Republic.

Dear Mr. Wilson:

In your undated letter, received in this office on December 3, 1993, you requested a binding ruling on a country of origin marking issue.

Your request concerns country of origin marking requirements regarding shipments of clocks which will be manufactured in the Czech Republic and imported into the United States, usually through Chicago. As indicated in your request, you are asking for permission to use the abbreviation "CZ" on the clock dial for purposes of satisfying country of origin marking - Section 304 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1304).

Noting T.D. 93-17 dated March 3, 1993 and published in the Federal Register of March 23, 1993 (58 FR 15519), the only acceptable marking is Czech Republic or Czech Rep.

Please be advised that U.S. Customs does not require the country of origin of a clock to be marked on the dial, although it can be. The country of origin may also be marked on the outside back cover of the clock case. An adhesive sticker may be used for the section 304 marking so long as the sticker is affixed so securely that unless deliberately removed it will remain on the clock while it is in storage or on display and until delivered to the ultimate purchaser. This marking is intended to enable the ultimate purchaser to make an informed purchase decision based on the country of origin.

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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