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July 12, 2001

CLA©2©21:RR:NC:2:228 H82840

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 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. 91805 USA BBQ Seasoning, is an orange colored powder consisting of 39.75 percent sugar, 15©20 percent whey powder, 10©15 percent each of lactose and salt, 1©5 percent each of yeast extract, onion powder, garlic powder, and tomato powder, and one percent or less each of: calcium silicate, soy bean oil, oleoresin paprika, smoke flavor, citric acid, cayenne pepper, smoke flavor, citric acid, onion flavor, black pepper oleoresin, onion extractives, silicon dioxide, and ground paprika. Á???????ÁAll but five of the ingredients for the seasoning are products of either Canada or the United States. The exceptions are the onion extract from England, the black pepper oleoresin and cayenne pepper from India, tomato powder from Spain, and the sugar that may originate from any of 15 non©NAFTA countries. 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, when 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 chapterYdescribed 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???????ÁThe non©originating materials used to make the seasoning have satisfied the change in tariff classification required under HTSUSA General Note 12(t)/21/7. The article, when classified in subheading 2103.90.7400, HTS, 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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