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NY B83710

April 16, 1997

CLA-2:RR:NC:SP:225 B83710


TARIFF NO.: 9503.90.0030

Mr. Ken Bargteil
Kuehne & Nagel, Inc.
Baltimore Branch
Bristol Business Center
7483 "H" Candlewood Road
Hanover, MD 21076

RE: The tariff classification of "stress" toys from China

Dear Mr. Bargteil:

In your letter dated March 20, 1997, received in this office on March 26, 1997, you requested a tariff classification ruling on behalf of your client Aetas International Inc.

Several samples of "Stress Products" were submitted with your inquiry. The subject items are constructed to resemble stress balls (BBA-100), baseballs (BBA-200), soccer balls (BSO-250), capsules (HCA-110) and hearts (HHA-150). The balls have a diameter of 3 inches or less and the other items measure no more than 5 inches in length.

The articles are basically made of foam rubber and are intended to be squeezed tightly in the hand. Upon release, the items will spring back to their original shape. The act of squeezing may be construed as a form of tension release, however, the article's principal use is viewed as a toy for amusement purposes.

The applicable subheading for the "Stress Products" will be 9503.90.0030, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other toys (except models), not having a spring mechanism. 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 Alice J. Wong at 212-466-5538.


Gwenn Klein Kirschner
Chief, Special Products Branch

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