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NY I84739





August 12, 2002

CLA-2-97:RR:NC:2:233 I84739

CATEGORY: CLASSIFICATION

TARIFF NO.: 9703.00.0000

Ms. Kelly M. Smith
Marx-Saunders Gallery, Ltd.
230 West Superior
Chicago, IL 60610

RE: The tariff classification of sculptures from Australia.

Dear Ms. Smith:

In your letter dated July 22, 2002, you requested a tariff classification ruling for sculptures created by Richard Whiteley.

Born in the United Kingdom in 1963, Mr. Whiteley has been working with glass for 20 years. He has studied at prestigious schools in both Australia and the U.S. such as the Canberra School of Art, gaining a Bachelor of Visual Arts and the University of Illinois where he earned a Master of Fine Arts. Based on the submitted biography, Mr. Whiteley’s works have been exhibited in private as well as public collections throughout the world and he is recognized as a professional artist of the free fine arts.

The applicable subheading for sculptures created by Richard Whiteley will be 9703.00.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for original sculptures and statuary, in any material. The rate of duty will be free.

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 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 Lawrence Mushinske at 646-733-3036.

Sincerely,

Robert B. Swierupski
Director,

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