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NY 890602

October 15, 1993

CLA-2-84:S:N:N1:103 890602


TARIFF NO.: 8476.19.0000

Ms. Martha J. Waldner
Unitrans International Corp.
709 S. Hindry Ave.
Inglewood, CA 90301-3005

RE: The tariff classification of a card vending machine from France

Dear Ms. Waldner:

In your letter dated September 14, 1993 on behalf of Auto Photo Systems you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The Express Card Machine is a free-standing self service vending machine which prints and dispenses business cards, invitations, announcements, and other messages. Customers select from 24 different designs which are displayed on an advertising panel attached to the unit's control panel. Fonts are matched to the chosen design, while various logos may also be selected. The control panel features a display screen on which simple instructions for utilizing the machine are shown, as well as an alphanumeric keypad with which the customer can input the information to be printed. The chosen design and wording is printed on 90 pound white card stock. The machine features various pricing options, and will accept bills in $1.00 and $5.00 denominations. Depending on the model, the Express Card Machine is either 28 or 36 inches wide, 24 inches deep, and 78 inches high, and weighs 450 pounds.

The applicable subheading for the Express Card Machine will be 8476.19.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other automatic goods-vending machines. The duty rate will be 3.9 percent ad valorem.

Your inquiry does not provide enough information for us to give a classification ruling on the photo booths which are made in England. Your request for a classification ruling should indicate whether the unit utilizes a fixed focus or other than fixed focus camera, and the type of film used in the camera.

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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