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NY A89490

December 6, 1996

CLA-2-34:RR:NC:2:236 A89490


TARIFF NO.: 3406.00.0000

Ms. Anne M. Neary
Import Manager
Nantucket Distributing
261 White Path
South Yarmouth, Massachusetts 02664

RE: The tariff classification of molded tea light candles from China.

Dear Ms. Neary:

In your letter dated November 8, 1996, you request a tariff classification ruling.

You submit for consideration four tea light candles in metal containers measuring 5/8" in height and 1 3/8" in diameter. The candles measure from 2" to 2 1/2" in height and approximately 1 3/8" in diameter. They are molded and decorated in the shapes of a jack-o-lantern, a snowman, a Santa Claus and a Christmas tree. You also submit a picture of tea light candles molded and decorated in the shapes of a carrot, a green pepper, a tomato, an onion, a corn and an eggplant. These candles are also set in metal containers.

The applicable subheading for all of the candles described above imported with their metal containers will be 3406.00.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, which provides for candles, tapers and the like. The rate of duty will be 3.5 percent ad valorem.

The Department of Commerce has determined that candles shaped in the form of certain identifiable objects are not within the scope of the antidumping duty order on petroleum-wax candles from the People's Republic of China. In our opinion, all of the above candles are molded in the shapes of identifiable objects and are not subject to the antidumping duty order.

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 V. Gualario at 212-466-5744.


Roger J. Silvestri

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