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February 5, 1999

CLA-2-63:RR:NC:TA:352 D86707


TARIFF NO.: 9811.00.60

Mr. Eduardo Lozano
Eduardo E. Lozano & Co., Inc.
13504 N. Unitec Dr.
Laredo, TX 78045

RE: The tariff classification of a sample book from Mexico.

Dear Mr. Lozano:

In your letter dated December 21, 1998, on behalf of Internacional De Muestrarios SA de CV, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The sample book submitted consists of rectangular fabric pieces with pinked edges bound together onto a paperboard display board. The fabric pieces are in a variety of colors and design. It features fabric pieces composed of various fiber combinations.

The applicable subheading for the sample book will be 9811.00.60, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for any sample (except samples covered by heading 9811.00.20 or 9811.00.40), value not over $1 each, or marked, torn, perforated or otherwise treated so that it is unsuitable for sale or for use otherwise than as a sample, to be used in the United States only for soliciting orders for products of foreign countries. The rate of duty will be free.

You also requested additional information for a “new tariff” for the sample book. We are unable to respond to your request because it is not clear as to what you are asking. If you are asking for information on the North American Free Trade agreement (NAFTA) pursuant to Part 181 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 181), a request for a ruling on the status of a product under NAFTA must provide sufficient detail to permit proper application of the relevant NAFTA provisions. If so, please provide the country of origin of each of the materials used in the production of the article. Indicate the condition of the materials used for the production of the article as they were imported into Mexico. Explain in detail, step by step, all the manufacturing processes that occurred in Mexico for the production of the article and submit a sample.

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 Alan Tytelman at 212-637-7092.


Robert B. Swierupski

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