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NY E88691

November 4, 1999

CLA-2-92:RR:NC:2:227 E88691


TARIFF NO.: 9208.10.0000

Ms. Barbara Y. Wierbicki
Tompkins & Davidson, LLP
One Astor Plaza
1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036-8901

RE: The tariff classification of music boxes from China and the Philippines.

Dear Ms. Wierbicki:

In your letter dated October 14, 1999, on behalf of Avon Products, Inc., you requested a tariff classification ruling. Sample is being returned as requested.

The sample submitted is a rectangular, non-compartmentalized transparent glass music box, item number PP196548, which measures approximately 4 ¼ inches long by 2 3/8 inches wide by 1 ¾ inches high. It incorporates a musical movement, occupying half of the interior space, that is mounted onto a mirrored base plate. It is constructed of glass panels, along its top and sides, that are framed in engraved steel channeling with four small legs at each corner. It is noted that the hinged lid will possess a floral-like design etched into the glass panel. There is also a windup musical mechanism, situated at the base of the box, which when wound will play a melody by raising the lid.

The applicable subheading for the glass music box, item number PP196548, will be 9208.10.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for music boxes. The rate of duty will be 3.2 percent ad valorem.

Articles classifiable under subheading 9208.10.0000, HTS, which are products of the Philippines may be entitled to duty free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) upon compliance with all applicable regulations. The GSP is subject to modification and periodic suspension, which may affect the status of your transaction at the time of entry for consumption or withdrawal from warehouse. To obtain current information on GSP, check the Customs Web site at www.customs.gov. At the Web site, click on "CEBB" then search for the term "GSP".

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 George Kalkines at 212-637-7073.


Robert B. Swierupski

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