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June 26, 2001

CLA©2©21:RR:NC:2:228 H82633

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 June 12, 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 letter. The sample was examined and disposed of. Product no.91808 USA Cheddar Cheese Seasoning, is an orange colored powder consisting of 20©30 percent each of maltodextrin and cheese preparation blend, 15©20 percent cream powder, 10©15 percent each of salt and corn syrup solids, 5©10 percent spray dried butter, 1©5 percent each of whey powder and enzyme modified cheddar cheese, and one percent or less of silicon dioxide, citric acid, parmesan cheese, color, soy bean oil, lactic acid, butter flavor, and oleoresin paprika.

Á???????ÁAll but one of the ingredients for the seasoning are products of either Canada or the United States. The exception is the lactic acid which is a product of the Netherlands. In Canada, the ingredients are mixed and packed for industrial use as a seasoning, applied to rice crispy chips.

Á???????ÁThe applicable subheading for the seasoning will be 2103.90.8000, HTS, which provides for mixed condiments and mixed seasoningÀÝ?ÀotherÀÝ?ÀotherÀÝ?Àother. The duty rate 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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