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NY 810717

June 5, 1995

CLA-2-:S:N:N7:232 810717


TARIFF NO.: 1212.20.0000; 2008.99.9090

Mr. Louis Piropato
Daniel F. Young, Inc.
17 Battery Place
New York, N.Y. 10004-1101

RE: The tariff classification of dried seaweed and dried roasted seaweed from Korea.

Dear Mr. Piropato:

In your letter dated May 22, 1995, on behalf of Bruno Scheidt, Inc., you requested a tariff classification ruling.

Samples and additional information were submitted with your request. Information was submitted with your initial request dated March 14, 1995. The subject merchandise consists of Roland brand seaweed in sheets measuring approximately 7 1/4 inches by 8 inches and packaged for retail sale in plastic wrapping. One sample is labelled "Dried" and the other sample is labelled "Roasted Seaweed Dried". The dried seaweed is processed in an electric drying machine which operates at a temperature of 70 degrees centigrade and removes the moisture from the seaweed. The dried roasted seaweed is first dried in the electric drying machine and then roasted in a toasting machine at a temperature of 80 degrees centigrade. The roasting is stated to give the dried seaweed a flavor similar to sesame oil.

The applicable subheading for the dried seaweed will be 1212.20.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for seaweeds and other algae. The rate of duty will be free.

The applicable subheading for the dried roasted seaweed will be 2008.99.9090, HTS, which provides for fruits, nuts and other edible parts of plants, otherwise prepared or preserved ...not elsewhere specified or included...other...other ...other...other. The rate of duty will be 6.8 percent ad valorem.

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
New York Seaport

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