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NY B80079

January 7, 1997

CLA-2-90:RR:NC:1:114 B80079


TARIFF NO.: 9003.19.0000

Mr. Tom Paciaffi
Coronet Brokers Corp.
P.O. Box 300764
Cargo Bldg. 80
John F. Kennedy International Airport
Jamaica, New York 11430-0764

RE: The tariff classification of eyeglass frames and clip-on sunglasses from Hong Kong.

Dear Mr. Paciaffi:

In your letter dated December 3, 1996, on behalf of Eyewear Designs, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The eyeglass frame is style PC-070 and is composed of metal and plastic. The frame front is metal; the temples are plastic with a metal core. The furnished sample has clear plastic demo lenses inserted into the frame fronts. The frames are considered to be metal eyeglass frames.

According to your letter, the frames will be imported together with clip-on sunglasses. The clip-on sunglasses, which have a metal frame, are designed and sized to fit exactly over the eyeglass frame, eliminating the need for a separate pair of sunglasses. A sample of the frame and the clip-on sunglasses was furnished with your request for a ruling.

You have stated that the metal eyeglass frames and the clip-on sunglasses will be imported in the same shipment. The packaging of the items indicates that they will be sold together to the consumer. We are classifying the frames and the fitted clip-on sunglasses as a composite good.

The applicable subheading for the metal eyeglass frame and clip-on sunglasses will be 9003.19.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for frames and mountings for spectacles, goggles or the like, and parts thereof; of other materials. The rate of duty will be 4.3 percent ad valorem. The rate of duty for subheading 9003.19.0000, HTS, will be 2.9 percent in 1997.

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 Barbara Kiefer at 212-466-5685.


Roger J. Silvestri

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