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NY K83113

February 9, 2004
CLA-2-71:RR:NC:SP:233 K83113


TARIFF NO.: 7103.10.2000; 7103.91.0010; 7103.91.0030; 7103.99.1000

Mr. S.G. Mgeni
Samgem Investment and Co., Ltd.
P.O. Box 288

RE: The tariff classification of precious and semiprecious stones from Tanzania.

Dear Mr. Mgeni:

In your undated letter received by us on February 5, 2004, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

Your company is planning to export precious gemstones i.e. emeralds and rubies, and semiprecious gemstones i.e. amethyst, aquamarine and opal to the United States.

The applicable subheading for precious and semiprecious stones, if unworked, will be 7103.10.2000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for “Precious stones (other than diamonds) and semiprecious stones, whether or not worked or graded but not strung, mounted or set; ungraded precious stones (other than diamonds) and semiprecious stones, temporarily strung for convenience of transport: Unworked or simply sawn or roughly shaped: Unworked.” The rate of duty will be free.

The applicable subheading for rubies, if worked, will be 7103.91.0010, HTS, which provides for “Precious stonesOtherwise workedRubies.” The rate of duty will be free.

The applicable subheading for emeralds, if worked, will be 7103.91.0030, HTS, which provides for “Precious stones Otherwise worked Emeralds.” The rate of duty will be free.

The applicable subheading for semiprecious stones, if worked, will be 7103.99.1000, HTS, which provides for “semiprecious stonesOtherwise worked: Other: Cut but not set, suitable for use in the manufacture of jewelry.” The rate of duty will be free.

You have also requested our assistance in connecting you with U.S. mineral dealers or organizations that will aid in the marketing of your products. Please note that is not within the purview of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to provide this information.

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.


Robert B. Swierupski

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