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NY K83703

March 16, 2004
CLA-2-95:RR:NC:2:224 K83703


TARIFF NO.: 9504.90.9080

Mr. Steven De Core
D & D Customhouse Brokerage, Inc
701 Newark Avenue, Suite LL1
Elizabeth, NJ 07208

RE: The tariff classification of a Drinking Games Box Set from Hong Kong; Marking, CR 134.46

Dear Mr. De Core:

In your letter dated February 24, 2004, you requested a tariff classification ruling, on behalf of Wallace of Bridgeport dba Top That Inc., your client.

You are requesting the tariff classification on an item that is described as a Drinking Games Box Set. The product consists of the following components: a book on drinking games, 4 glass shot containers, and 1 die. Your samples will be returned, as requested.

The item is called a Drinking Games Box Set (no style number is indicated) and it is made up of three components: a book on Drinking Games, 4 glass shot glasses, and 1 die. No one heading in the tariff schedule covers all these components in combination; GRI 1 cannot be used as a basis for classification. GRI 3 (b) provides that mixtures, composite goods consisting of different materials or components, and goods put up in sets for retail sale shall be classified as if they consisted of the material or component which gives them their essential character, which may be determined by the nature of the material or component, its bulk, quantity, weight or value, or by the role of a constituent material in relation to the use of the article.

This office considers the Drinking Games Box Kit to be a set. The essential character is imparted to the whole good by the glass shot container portion of the item because it is the pivotal piece of equipment in the set. The entire item will be classified in Chapter 95 of the HTS, in accordance with GRI 3 (b).

The applicable subheading for the Drinking Games Book Set will be 9504.90.9080, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for articles for arcade, table or parlor games...parts and accessories thereof: other: other...other. The rate of duty will be free.

The book contains, on its title page, a printed copyright claim which includes a United States address: 27023 McBean Parkway, #408 Valencia, CA 91355. This triggers the provisions of Section 134.46, Customs Regulations (19 CFR 134.46), which reads: “Marking when name of country or locality other than country of origin appears. In any case in which...the name of any city or location in the United States...appear(s) on an imported article...and those words, letters or names may mislead or deceive the ultimate purchaser as to the actual country of origin of the article, there shall appear legibly and permanently in close proximity to such words, letters or name, and in at least a comparable size, the name of the country of origin preceded by “Made in”, “Product of”, or other words of similar meaning.”

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 Tom McKenna at 646-733-3025.


Robert B. Swierupski

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