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NY 817608

January 12, 1996

CLA-2-95:RR:NC:FC: 225 817608


TARIFF NO.: 9503.30.0010

Ms. Lori Aldinger
Rite Aid Corporation
P.O. Box 3165
Harrisburg, PA 17105

RE: The tariff classification of foam building shapes from Taiwan

Dear Ms. Aldinger:

In your letter dated December 5, 1995, received in this office on December 15, 1995, you requested a tariff classifi-cation ruling.

The sample submitted with your inquiry, "Eva Foam Puzzle Set 10pc", consists of foam squares measuring 6 X 6 inches. The outer edges of each square are specially cut to permit each square to interlock with another. In the center of each square is a perforated number, letter, or image of an animal designed to be pushed out and reinserted. The square pieces can be joined together to build square blocks, a house, toy castle, etc.

The puzzle function of the item is considered an auxiliary feature to the play value of connecting and building blocks out of the interlocking pieces. Therefore, the item is considered a constructional toy set for tariff classification purposes.

The applicable subheading for the "Eva Foam Puzzle Set 10pc" will be 9503.30.0010, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other construction sets and constructional toys: toy building blocks, bricks and shapes. 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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