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NY 883363

March 18, 1993

CLA-2-73:S:N:N3:115 883363


TARIFF NO.: 7326.20.0050

Mr. Ken Lacy
Kel International
Customhouse Brokers
1838 El Camino Real # 111
Burlingame, CA 94010

RE: The tariff classification of the Echo Keyller Key Chain from China.

Dear Mr. Lacy:

In your letter dated March 4, 1993, you requested a tariff classification ruling, on behalf of your client, U.S. Trade Links, Burlingame, CA.

The subject item is the Echo Keyller Key Chain. It is comprised of a battery driven toy music box and attached to a steel key chain and loop.

Your merchandise is considered composite goods, consisting of different materials or made up of different components. This item shall be classified as if it consisted of the material or component which gives it its essential character. In this instance, the steel key chain imparts the essential character.

The applicable subheading for the Echo Keyller Key Chain will be 7326.20.0050, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other articles of iron or steel wire, other. The duty rate will be 5.7% ad valorem.

Consideration was given to classifying this product under subheading 8543.80.9080, HTS, as you have suggested. However, as the essential character is imparted by the steel key chain, 7326.20.0050, HTS, is more appropriate.

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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