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NY 891813

October 29, 1993



TARIFF NO.: 0406.30.6030 (9904.10.39)

Mr. Herbert D. Moyer
Euro American Trading-Merchants
Eat-M International
37 Centennial Street
Collegeville, PA 19426-1847

RE: The tariff classification of Allg„urt, a processed cheese from Germany.

Dear Mr. Moyer:

In your letter dated September 9, 1993, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The product in question is designated Allg„uer, a processed cheese from the manufacturers "delicious & light" assortment of process cheeses. Allg„uer, which has a fat content of 30 percent in the dry matter, is processed from Edam and Gouda cheeses, Emmentaler cheese and Cheddar cheese. Allg„uer processed cheese will be imported packaged for retail in the form of foil-wrapped wedges of 25 grams (0.89 ounce) each, packed eight wedges per circular tray of 200 grams (about 7.1 ounces). Alternatively, these cheeses will be put up in the form of small blocks, with a Sangerh„usen GmbH label, weighing 100 grams (about 3.6 ounces) each, packed eight blocks per paperboard retail box of 800 grams, net. These retail trays and boxes will be packed in export cartons of either 2.4 or 4.8 kilograms each.

The applicable subheading for Allg„uer processed cheese, in wedges and small blocks, will be 0406.30.6030, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for Processed (process) cheese, not grated or powdered:...Other, including mixtures of the above:...Other:... Containing, or processed from, Edam and Gouda cheeses. The rate of duty will be 10 percent ad valorem.

Articles classifiable in HTS subheading 0406.30.6030 are subject to quota quantity restrictions listed in subchapter IV of Chapter 99 in HTS subheading 9904.10.39, which limits the amount of such cheese which may be imported from the European Economic Community to an annual quota quantity of 1,237,000 kilograms.

In addition to the quota quantity restrictions listed above, these cheese products are subject to import quota licensing requirements. Accordingly, an import license, issued to the importer by the United States Department of Agriculture, will be required at the time such merchandise is entered for consumption into the United States.

Questions regarding licensing procedures and applications for license to import cheese subject to quota should be addressed to: U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service Import Policies & Trade Analysis Division Att.: Dairy Import Group, Rm 5531, So. Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20250-1000

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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