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NY N011309

May 24, 2007



TARIFF NO.: 6307.90.9889

Joseph R. Hoffacker
Barthco Trade Consultants
5101 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19112-1404

RE: The tariff classification of miniature clothing from Indonesia

Dear Mr. Hoffacker:

In your letter dated May 14, 2007, you requested a tariff classification ruling on behalf of your client, Sugartown Worldwide Inc., of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

The submitted samples are a set of six items that are called “Oh Shift Ornaments” (Style # 66797). The ornaments are miniature shift dresses that are constructed of woven textile fabric and measure approximately 3”W x 5”H. They are draped over miniature metal coat hangers. They are packed in a 100% woven cotton drawstring bag.

The applicable subheading for the textile ornaments will be 6307.90.9889, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), which provides for other made up textile articles, other. The rate of duty will be 7% ad valorem.

Duty rates are provided for your convenience and are subject to change. The text of the most recent HTSUS and the accompanying duty rates are provided on World Wide Web at http://www.usitc.gov/tata/hts/.

You also asked about the country of origin marking of this item. The marking statute, section 304, Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1304), provides that, unless excepted, 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 its container) will permit, in such a manner as to indicate to the ultimate purchaser in the U.S. the English name of the country of origin of the article.

Part 134, Customs Regulations (19 CFR Part 134), implements the country of origin marking requirements and exceptions of 19 U.S.C. 1304. Section 134.41(b), Customs Regulations (19 CFR 134.41(b)), mandates that the ultimate purchaser in the U.S. must be able to find the marking easily and read it without strain. Section 134.1(d), defines the ultimate purchaser as generally the last person in the U.S. who will receive the article in the form in which it was imported. If an imported article is to be sold at retail in its imported form, the purchaser at retail is the ultimate purchaser. In this case, the ultimate purchaser of the ornaments is the consumer who purchases the product at retail.

An article is excepted from marking under 19 U.S.C. 1304 (a)(3)(D) and section 134.32(d), Customs Regulations (19 CFR 134.32(d)), if the marking of a container of such article will reasonably indicate the origin of such article. Accordingly, if Customs is satisfied that the article will remain in its container until it reaches the ultimate purchaser and if the ultimate purchaser can tell the country of origin of the ornaments by viewing the container in which it is packaged, the individual ornament would be excepted from marking under this provision.

The Oh Shift Ornaments (Style # 66797) that are imported in packaging that is marked in the manner described above, are excepted from marking under 19 U.S.C. 1304 (a)(3)(D) and 19 CFR 134.32(d). Accordingly, marking the package in which the ornaments are imported and sold to the ultimate purchaser in lieu of marking the article itself is an acceptable country of origin marking for the imported ornaments provided the port director is satisfied that the article will remain in the marked package until it reaches the ultimate purchaser.

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 Mitchel Bayer at 646-733-3102.


Robert B. Swierupski

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