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NY B85784

June 4, 1997

CLA-2-95:RR:NC:2:224 B85784


TARIFF NO.: 9504.90.4000

Peter D. Alberdi
A.J. Arango, Inc.
1516 E. 8th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605

RE: The tariff classification of paintballs from Italy.

Dear Mr. Alberdi:

In your letter dated May 20, 1997, you requested a tariff classification ruling, on behalf of R.P. Scherer North America.

You are requesting the tariff classification of paintballs. Paintballs are soft gelatin capsules which are a mixture of vegetable oil and food coloring. These paintballs are used in the game of paintball. Literature on the game of paintball is attached. Basically, paintball is a game in which opposing teams attempt to capture the other's flag station. When a player gets tagged (hit by a paintball) he/she is out of the game. The paintballs are an essential part of the game of paintball.

The applicable subheading for the paintballs will be 9504.90.4000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for "Game machines, other than coin- or token-operated; parts and accessories thereof". The rate of duty will be free.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Part 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 Thomas A. McKenna at 212-466-5475.


Gwenn Klein Kirschner
Chief, Special Products Branch

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