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NY C89323

June 29, 1998

CLA-2-96:RR:NC:MM:113 C89323


TARIFF NO.: 9609.10.0000

Ms. Joanne Balice

CBI Distributing Corporation

2400 W. Central Road

Hoffman Estates, IL 60195-1930

RE: The tariff classification of a stationery kit from China

Dear Ms. Balice:

In your letter dated June 15, 1998, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The merchandise consists of two pencils and 1 pencil sharpener contained in a plastic pouch with a zip-lock type closure (item number 47623). Designed for children, the kit is decorated with puppies and colorful balls.

The applicable subheading for the stationery kit will be 9609.10.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for pencils and crayons, with leads encased in a rigid sheath. The rate of duty will be 14 cents per gross (pieces) plus 4.3 percent ad valorem.

Pencils from China may be subject to additional antidumping duties. Before importation, we recommend you contact:

Office of Antidumping Investigations

Import Administration

International Trade Administration

U.S. Department of Commerce

14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20230

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 James Smyth at 212-466-



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