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NY I87251

October 17, 2002



TARIFF NO.: 9704.00.0000

Martin J. Shapiro
Vintage Picture Postcards
182 Dessa Drive
Hamden, CT 06517

RE: The tariff classification of collectible postcards from various countries.

Dear Mr. Shapiro:

In your letter dated October 5, 2002, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The items are twentieth century postcards manufactured in various countries. Most have been manufactured using either a photographic darkroom process or printing press process. These postcards are not purchased for use in mailing, but are for placement in collections.

The applicable subheading for the postcards will be 9704.00.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), which provides for postage or revenue stamps, stamp-postmarks, first-day covers, postal stationery (stamped paper) and the like, used or unused, other than those of heading 4907. The applicable duty rate will be free.

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

A copy of this ruling letter 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 Field National Import Specialist Sharon Browarek at 440-891-3824 or National Import Specialist Lawrence Mushinske at 646-733-3036.


John M. Regan
Service Port Director
Cleveland, Ohio

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