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NY C84429

February 25, 1998

CLA-2-18:RR:NC:SP:232 C84429


TARIFF NO.: 1806.32.3000

Mr. Marius Sonnen
Sonnen & Co., Inc.
134 West 32 Street
Suite 605
New York, NY 10001

RE: The tariff classification of chocolate bonbons from Belgium.

Dear Mr. Sonnen:

In your letter dated February 6, 1998 you requested a tariff classification ruling.

Samples were included with your request. The milk chocolate bonbon labelled "Illy" is stated to contain 23.6 percent cocoa butter, 22.4 percent full cream milk powder, 11.7 percent cocoa mass, 42 percent refined sugar and small quantities of lecithin and vanillin. The dark chocolate bonbon labelled "Pralinette" contains 10.7 percent cocoa butter, 45 percent cocoa mass, 43.9 percent sugar, and small quantities of lecithin and vanillin. Both products are individually wrapped candy bars weighing 0.3 ounces each, which will be packaged in cartons containing 500 pieces.

The applicable subheading for the milk chocolate bonbons and dark chocolate bonbons will be 1806.32.3000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for Chocolate and other food preparations containing cocoa: Other, in blocks, slabs or bars...Not filled: Preparations consisting wholly of ground cocoa beans, with or without added cocoa fat, flavoring or emulsifying agents, and containing not more than 32 percent by weight of butterfat or other milk solids and not more than 60 percent by weight of sugar...other. The rate of duty will be 4.5 percent ad valorem.

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 John Maria at 212-466-5730.


Robert B. Swierupski

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