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NY I84003

August 5, 2002

CLA-2:70:RR:NC:2:226 I84003

Mr. Stephen Bessler
P.O. Box 22377
Tucson, AZ 85734-2377

Tarrif No.: 7013.99.5000

RE: The tariff classification of a decorative glass sphere with glass plug

Dear Mr. Bessler:

In your letter dated July 1, 2002, on behalf of Ecosphere, you requested a tariff classification ruling regarding a decorative glass item consisting of a glass sphere with glass plug.

A sample was submitted with your ruling request.

In a conversation with our office, Ecosphere explained that the product will be used in the home as a decorative terrarium/aquarium. Marine life (including algae and shrimp) will be placed in the sphere along with water. The plug will then be used to close the sphere.

This product will be known as an Ecosphere. It will function in the home as a decorative article displaying a natural environment.

The applicable subheading for the glass sphere with glass plug will be 7013.99.5000, HTS, which provides for glassware of a kind used for table, kitchen, toilet, office, indoor decoration or similar purposes...other glassware: other: other: other: valued over thirty cents but not over three dollars each. The rate of duty will be thirty percent ad valorem.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Part 177 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 177).

A copy of the ruling or the control number indicated above should be filed at the time this merchandise is imported.

If you have any questions regarding the ruling, contact National Import Specialist Jacob Bunin at 646-733-3027.


Robert B. Swierupski
National Commodity

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