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January 17, 2001

CLA©2©21:RR:NC:2:228 G85953

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 December 22, 2000, you requested a ruling on the status of a snack seasoning from Canada under the NAFTA.

Á???????ÁA sample and an ingredients breakdown accompanied your letter. The sample was examined and disposed of. Product no. 91755, OWT Salt & Vinegar Seasoning, is a light cream colored powder consisting of 30©40 percent maltodextrin, 20©30 percent each of sodium diacetate and salt, 10©15 percent corn starch, 5©10 percent spray©dried shortening, 1©5 percent each of malic acid and citric acid, and 0.5©1 percent each of calcium silicate and partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil. Á???????ÁAll but one of the ingredients for the seasoning are products of either Canada or the United States. The exception is the sodium diacetate from the United Kingdom. In Canada, the ingredients are mixed and packed for industrial use as a seasoning, applied to finished rice cakes.

Á???????ÁThe applicable subheading for the 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 has satisfied the change 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©637©7065.

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