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April 30, 2001

CLA©2©21:RR:NC:2:228 G89548

TARIFF NO.: Á???????Á2103.90.7400, 2103.90.7800

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 letters dated March 20, 2001, and April 9, 2001, 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 first letter. The sample was examined and disposed of. Mesquite Kettle Seasoning 91783, is an orange powder consisting of 20©30 percent sugar, 15©20 percent fructose, 10©15 percent salt, 5©10 percent each of dextrose, monosodium glutamate, tomato powder, and torula yeast, 1©5 percent each of onion powder, spray dried molasses powder, ground paprika, garlic powder and smoke flavor, and one percent or less of ground black pepper, citric acid, grill flavor, caramel color, calcium silicate, ground fenugreek, red pepper, oleoresin paprika, and ground paprika. The majority of the ingredients for the seasoning are products of either Canada or the United States. The exceptions are sugar, which may originate in any of fifteen non©NAFTA countries, torula yeast from Switzerland, tomato powder and paprika from Spain, fenugreek, black pepper, and red pepper from India. In Canada, the ingredients are mixed and packed for industrial use as a seasoning, which will be applied to pre©salted kettle potato chips.

Á???????ÁThe applicable subheading for the seasoning, if imported in quantities that fall within the limits described in additional U.S. note 4 to chapter 21, will be 2103.90.7400, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for mixed condiments and mixed seasonings described in additional U.S. note 3 to this chapter described in additional U.S. note 4 to this chapter and entered pursuant to its provisions. The general rate of duty will be 7.5 percent ad valorem. If the quantitative limits of additional U.S. note 4 to chapter 21 have been reached, the product will be classified in subheading 2103.90.7800, HTS, and dutiable at the rate of 30.5 cents per kilogram plus 6.4 percent ad valorem.

Á???????ÁEach of the non©originating materials used to make the seasoning has satisfied the changes in tariff classification required under HTSUSA General Note 12(t)/21/7 or meets the requirements of HTSUSA General Note 12(f). The article, when classified in subheading 2103.90.7400, 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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