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NY B87002

August 5, 1997

CLA-2-83:RR:NC:MM:113 B87002


TARIFF NO.: 8306.29.0000

Ms. Laura Proctor
J C Penney Purchasing Corp.
P.O. Box 10001
Dallas, TX 75301-0001

RE: The tariff classification of religious icons from Mexico

Dear Ms. Proctor:

In your letter dated July 3, 1997, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The merchandise consists of three styles of religious icons. Each icon is a wooden plaque upon which is mounted a figure or design made in what you refer to as pewter. The icons are: 479 (Virgin Mary with Baby), V5 (Our Lady of Guadalupe) and 483 (The Last Supper). The sample you submitted was sent to the Customs laboratory for testing, which found that the metallic portion had been made of an aluminum alloy.

The applicable tariff provision for the religious icons will be 8306.29.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (HTSUSA), which provides for statuettes and other ornaments, of base metal, other. The general rate of duty will be 2 percent ad valorem.

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 James Smyth at 212-466-2084.


Robert B. Swierupski
Chief, Metals and Machinery Branch

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