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NY F81366

January 4, 2000

CLA-2-48:RR:NC:2:234 F81366


TARIFF NO.: 4820.30.0040

Ms. Jean Aiello
International Trade Logistics, Inc.
2525 Brunswick Avenue
Linden, New Jersey 07036

RE: The tariff classification of paperboard portfolios from Sweden

Dear Ms. Aiello:

In your letter dated November 3, 1999, on behalf of your client, Resource International, Tenafly, New Jersey, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

A sample was submitted, labeled “405117202”, which is a paperboard portfolio measuring about 46 cm in length, 34 cm in width, with a thickness or depth of 2.5 cm, in folded condition. It is made of a single piece of heavy paperboard, that has been scored and folded to form a folder or container for the storage of oversized and sensitive papers that cannot be stored in smaller containers without folding or rolling.

You refer to the article(s) as “portfolio(s)”, but point out that they are not used for, or designed for use as a carry case or attache case. The article is secured by snap closures, and has a fabric handle that is used for the ease of handling the portfolio, only.

The applicable subheading for the portfolio 405117202, and others like it in all material respects will be 4820.30.0040, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for Binders (of paper or paperboard) (other than book covers), folders and file covers, other than looseleaf binders. The rate of duty will be 2.1 percent ad valorem.

The portfolio is embossed on one large face: Bigso Box of Sweden ™. Since it is in fact a product of Sweden, we would consider this acceptable country of origin marking. There is no quota category for this article.

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 Carl Abramowitz at 212-637-7060.


Robert B. Swierupski

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