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NY K82240

January 29, 2004
CLA-2-64: RR: NC: SP: 247 K82240


TARIFF NO.: 6406.99.90

Ms. Margaret Taosoga
CSL Express Line
16920 S. Avalon Blvd.
Carson, CA 90746

RE: The tariff classification of lead insoles from Japan.

Dear Ms. Taosoga:

In your letter dated January 02, 2004, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The submitted sample, identified as style name “Minerva Exercise Insole,” is a pair of “lead” insoles. The insoles are constructed of an approximately 1/16-inch thick lead plate with stainless steel rivets located at the various points around toe and heel areas. The insoles are lightly padded with rubber/plastic foam and are covered with textile material that is sewn around the perimeter into the lead plate. The weight of each insole is approximately 14 ounces. You state that the purpose of the insoles is to strengthen leg muscles and to help achieve fitness all over the body.

The insoles are classified under subheading 6406.99.90, HTS, which provides for parts of footwear: removable insoles, other, of other materials, other. The rate of duty is Free.

We are returning the samples as requested.

The submitted insoles are not marked with the country of origin. Therefore, if imported as is, will not meet the country of origin marking requirements of 19 U.S.C. 1304. Accordingly, the insoles would be considered not legally marked under the provisions of 19 C.F.R. 134.11 which states, "every article of foreign origin (or its container) imported into the U.S. shall be marked in a conspicuous place as legibly, indelibly, and permanently as the nature of the article (or container) will permit, in such manner as to indicate to the ultimate purchaser in the U.S. the English name of the country of origin of the article."

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 Richard Foley at 646-733-3042.


Robert B. Swierupski

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