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July 8, 1999

CLA-2-69:RR:NC:2:227 E83171


TARIFF NO.: 6913.90.5000

Mr. Larry G. Satchfield, Jr.
Coast Marketing
6249 Red Creek Rd.
Long Beach, MS 39560

RE: The tariff classification and status under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), of decorative ceramic wall hangings from Mexico; Article 509

Dear Mr. Satchfield, Jr.:

In your letter dated April 14, 1999 you requested a ruling on the status of decorative wall hangings from Mexico under the NAFTA.

The articles in question are decorative ceramic wall hangings, measuring approximately 9 inches long by 7 inches wide, that possess two posterior apertures for hanging purposes. The wall hangings will depict popular buildings, gardens, courtyards, monuments or other constructions of interest. The mold and the slip used to make the wall hangings are products of Mexico. The paint, used to decorate the subject articles, is from the United States and the super matte ceramic sealer, used to protect the paint, is from Mexico or the United States.

The applicable tariff provision for the ceramic wall hangings will be 6913.90.5000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (HTSUSA), which provides for other ornamental ceramic articles not of porcelain or china. The general rate of duty will be 6 percent ad valorem.

Each of the non-originating materials used to make the ceramic wall hangings has satisfied the changes in tariff classification required under HTSUSA General Note 12(t)/69. The wall hangings will be entitled to a free rate of duty under the NAFTA upon compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and agreements.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Part 181 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 181).

This ruling letter is binding only as to the party to whom it is issued and may be relied on only by that party.

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 George Kalkines at 212-637-7073.


Robert B. Swierupski

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