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NY 814604

September 25, 1995

CLA-2-95:R:N2:225 814604


TARIFF NO.: 9503.90.0030

Mr. James C. Alberdi
A.J. Arango, Inc.
1516 E. 8th Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33605

RE: The tariff classification of a "stress" ball from Taiwan

Dear Mr. Alberdi:

In your letter dated September 7, 1995, you requested a tariff classification ruling on behalf of your client Hit Promotional Products.

A sample of the "Stress Ball" was submitted with your inquiry. The ball is made of solid rubber with a diameter of approximately 2 1/2 inches. You assert that the ball will be used in play activities and to relieve stress. By nature of its construction, the ball may be squeezed tightly in the hand and will spring back to its original form upon release. The act of squeezing may be construed as a form of tension release, however, the ball's principal use is viewed as a toy for amusement purposes.

The applicable subheading for the "Stress Ball" will be 9503.90.0030, Harmonized Tariff Schedule 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 the ruling or the control number indicated above should be provided with the entry documents filed at the time this merchandise is imported. If you have any questions regarding the ruling, contact National Import Specialist Alice J. Wong at 212-466-5538.


Roger J. Silvestri

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