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NY 845504

CLA-2-96:S:N:N1:236 845504


TARIFF NO.: 9603.90.8050

Mr. Ivan Z. Szanto
Executive Vice President
Gutmann Cuttery, Inc.
120 South Columbus Avenue
Mount Vernon, New York 10553

RE: The tariff classification of a gun cleaning kit from Taiwan.

Dear Mr. Szanto:

In your letter dated September 14, 1989 you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The prospective import consists of a five piece pistol cleaning kit. The five pieces are as follows:
a. plastic handle d. bronze wire brush on a twisted b. steel bar with bit metal core c. steel extension bar e. a cotton bristle brush on a twisted metal core

The kit, when assembled is used to clean and lubricate the barrel of a pistol. Under the General Rules of Interpretation (G.R.I.) 3(b), goods which are put up in sets for retail sale shall be classified under the item number which gives them their essential character. That item is the brush.

The applicable subheading for the gun cleaning kit will be 9603.90.8050, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other brushes. The rate of duty will be 5.6 percent ad valorem.

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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