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NY C89647

July 2, 1998

CLA-2-42:RI:130:DJP:G25 C89647


TARIFF NO.: 4202.99.9000

Mr. Jim Harrison
Costco Wholesale
999 Lake Drive
Issaquah, WA 98027

RE: The tariff classification of a METAL TOOL CASE from China.

Dear Mr. Harrison:

In your letter, received at Customs June 25, 1998, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The sample received with your request, no item number, is a metal tool case, approximately 20" x 14" x 7" in size. The case has the general appearance of a briefcase and is constructed of aluminum, has chrome locking hardware, a carry handle and shoulder strap. The interior is provided with a plastic tool pallet and foam padding which can be specifically adapted to the equipment to be carried.

The applicable subheading for the metal trunk will be 4202.99.9000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for trunks..., and similar containers, other, other, other. The rate of duty will be 20 percent ad valorem.

Your sample is being returned as requested.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Part 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.


Richard A. Barrette,
Service/Area Port Director

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