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November 13, 2000

CLA©2©21:RR:NC:2:228 G83792

Ms. Joan McKnight
La CIE McCormick Canada Co.
3340 Orlando Drive
Mississauga, Ontario Canada L4V 1C7

RE:Á???????ÁThe tariff classification and status under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), of a snack seasoning from Canada; Article 509

Dear Ms. McKnight:

Á???????ÁIn your letter dated August 10, 2000, you requested a ruling on the status of a snack seasoning from Canada under the NAFTA.

Á???????ÁA sample and an ingredient breakdown accompanied your letter. The sample was examined and disposed of. USA Cheddar Cheese Seasoning is an orange colored powder consisting of 20©30 percent each of maltodextrin and cheese blend, 15©20 percent cream powder, 10©15 percent each of corn syrup solids and salt, 5©10 percent butter, 1©5 percent each of whey powder, enzyme modified cheddar cheese, and less than one percent each of silicon dioxide, citric acid, color, Parmesan cheese, soy bean oil, lactic acid, butter flavor, and paprika oleoresin. Á???????ÁThe majority of the ingredients for the seasoning are products of either Canada or the United States. The exception is the paprika oleoresin from Morocco. In Canada, the ingredients are mixed and packed for industrial use as an ingredient to flavor rice cakes.

Á???????ÁThe applicable subheading for the snack seasoning will be 2103.90.8000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for mixed condiments and mixed seasonings ...other...other. The general rate of duty will be 6.4 percent ad valorem.

Á???????ÁThe non©originating material used to make the seasoning have satisfied the changes in tariff classification required under HTSUSA General Note 12(t)/21/7. The article will be entitled to a free rate of duty under the NAFTA upon compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and agreements.Á???????ÁÁ???????Á

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

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

???Á???????ÁA 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 Stanley Hopard at 212©466©5760.

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