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NY I89755

February 3, 2003

CLA-2-84:RR:NC:1:103 I89755


TARIFF NO.: 8441.30.0000

Mr. John Sepela
CSI International, Inc.
201 Hangar Road
Avoca, PA 18641

RE: The tariff classification of a spout insertion machine from Italy

Dear Mr. Sepela:

In your letter dated January 9, 2003 on behalf of Morton Salt Company you requested a tariff classification ruling.

In your letter you described the spout inserter as a machine used in a packaging line where containers are filled with salt. The machine cuts strips of connected paper spouts into individual spouts, mechanically bends their wings, and pushes the spout into a pre-cut opening in the container. In a subsequent operation the container is then filled with salt.

The applicable subheading for the spout insertion machine will be 8441.30.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other machinery for making up paper pulp, paper or paperboard: machines for making cartons, boxes, cases, tubes, drums or similar containers, other than by molding. The rate of duty will be free. Since it is not as specific a provision, your suggested classification of subheading 8441.80.0000, HTS, is not applicable.

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 Alan Horowitz at 646-733-3010.


Robert B. Swierupski

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