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NY 811497

July 10, 1995

CLA-2-95:S:N:N7:225 811497


TARIFF NO.: 9503.90.0030

Mr. Rick Musser
Expeditors International
P.O. Box 2568
South San Francisco, CA 94083-2568

RE: The tariff classification of educational toys from China

Dear Mr. Musser:

In your letter dated June 9, 1995, you requested a tariff classification ruling on behalf of your client Wild Planet Toys, Inc.

Four samples were submitted with your inquiry. The "Collect-A-Kit" consists of a portable plastic carrier/ display case, plastic tweezers, a foam piece, marble and instructions. The plastic case measures approximately 3" X 2" X 1" and may be clipped on to one's belt. The carrier and its contents are intended for use on a nature expedition where a child can collect and store various items from the earth such as pebbles, seeds, plant life, etc. The foam piece serves to separate and protect the objects, as well as, to assist in their display. The item is packaged on a blister card.

The "Signal Glove" is composed of a single glove worn on the hand with multiple toy features attached. The glove is fingerless to permit continuous play activity with the hand. A code communicator apparatus is permanently sewn into the top portion of the glove. This device consists of a sound button and light signal mechanism which operates in conjunction with one another. Attached to the wrist portion is a plastic whistle. The unit functions on one replaceable "Button Cell" battery. The glove secures around the wrist by means of hook and loop fastener material. It will be sold on a blister package and is not available in various sizes.

The "Megascope Set" includes a telescope/microscope combination with plastic bug jars and slide attachments. The combination viewer resembles a pair of binoculars in appear- ance. One eyepiece is magnified for microscopic examination while the other contains a telescopic viewer. A built in light assists in examining specimens on slides that attach to the microscope end. The microscope has a magnification of 30X and the telescope functions up to 8X. The set is packaged in a window display box.

"Discov-R-Scope" is a kaleidoscope with a removable viewer tray. The tray contains separate compartments for insertion of small objects or insects. A child is encouraged to change the items in the tray and observe the different patterns created when viewed through the kaleidoscope. The article is packaged unassembled in a closed box.

The applicable subheading for the "Collect-A-Kit", "Signal Glove", "Megascope Set" and "Discov-R-Scope" will be 9503.90.0030, Harmonized Tariff Scchedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other toys (except models), not having a spring mechanism. The rate of duty will be free.

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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