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NY A81233

March 19, 1996

CLA-2-20:RR:NC:FC:231 A81233


TARIFF NO.: 2008.11.6000

Mr. Richard Seley
Rudolph Miles and Sons, Inc.
4950 Gateway East
P.O. Box 11057
El Paso, TX 79983

RE: The tariff classification of peanuts from Mexico.

Dear Mr. Seley:

In your letter, dated February 26, 1996, you have requested a tariff classification ruling on behalf of your client, Ms. Jan Banks, DBA Southwest Management Company, El Paso, Tx.

An examination of the sample submitted, "Butter Toffee Peanuts," indicates that the products are thinly coated peanuts. The ingredients are peanuts, sugar, salt, and butter.

The applicable subheading for "Butter Toffee Peanuts" will be 2008.11.6000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for fruit, nuts and other edible parts of plants, otherwise prepared or preserved, whether or not containing added sugar or other sweetening matter or spirit, not elsewhere specified or included, nuts, peanuts (ground-nuts) and other seeds, whether or not mixed together, peanuts (ground-nuts), other, other. The general rate of duty will be 147.3 percent ad valorem. Products classified in subheading 2008.11.6000, HTS, will be subject to additional duties based on their value, as described in subheadings 9904.12.01 - 9904.12.19, HTS.

U.S. Note 2 to Chapter 12, HTS, states:

The aggregate quantity of peanuts entered under subheadings 1202.10.40, 1202.20.40, 2008.11.25 and 2008.11.45 during the 12 month period from April 1 in any year through the following March 31, inclusive shall not exceed the quantities specified herein (imports from Mexico shall not be permitted or included under this quantitative limitation and no such articles shall be classifiable therein). Argentina: 26,341 metric tons. Other countries or areas: 4,052 metric tons. For the purposes of this note, imports of peanuts in the shell shall be charged against the quantities in this note on the basis of 75 kilograms for each 100 kilograms of peanuts in the shell.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Part 177 of the Customs Regulations (19 CFR 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 Ralph Conte at (212) 466-5759.


Roger J. Silvestri

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