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NY K83126

February 25, 2004
CLA-2-48:RR:NC:SP:234 K83126


TARIFF NO.: 4819.10.0040

Mr. Kavin Aryal
Essex Electric Inc.
1075 N. Patt St.
Anaheim, CA 92801

RE: The tariff classification of paperboard boxes from China.

Dear Mr. Aryal:

In your letter dated January 30, 2004, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The ruling was requested on empty paperboard boxes that will be imported to be filled with electrical wire manufactured by your company. A representative sample was submitted for our examination. It is a single sheet of corrugated paperboard that has been die-cut, scored, slotted, folded and glued to itself so as to from a flattened “folding carton.” The exterior surfaces are printed with product information concerning the electrical wire that will ultimately be packed inside. When set up, the sample box measures 3-11/16” x 6-9/16” x 6-5/8”(H). You indicate, however, that the boxes will be imported in various sizes to accommodate different types/lengths of wire. All sizes will be imported in bundles of 25 pieces each.

The applicable subheading for all of the above-described boxes will be 4819.10.0040, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for cartons, boxes and cases, of corrugated paper or paperboardother than sanitary food and beverage containers. The rate of duty will be free.

We note that the sample box is printed with the phrase “Made in U.S.A.” (presumably referring to the origin of the electrical wire) and with an Indiana address for your company. Since the boxes are disposable packing containers imported to be filled with U.S. products, this marking is acceptable. Please note, however, that when imported, each bundle will be required to be marked to indicate the country of origin of the boxes, e.g., “Made in China.”

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 Carl Abramowitz at 646-733-3037.


Robert B. Swierupski

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