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NY N016197

September 6, 2007



TARIFF NO.: 8543.70.9650

Geri Davidson, Import Assistant
The Container Store
500 Freeport Parkway
Coppell, TX 75019

RE: The tariff classification of the “VIOlight Toothbrush Sanitizer” from China

Dear Ms. Davidson:

In your letter dated August 16, 2007 you requested a tariff classification ruling. The sample which you submitted is being returned as requested.

The item concerned is the “VIOlight Toothbrush Sanitizer” (Model VIO200). It is a battery-operated device measuring 8 ¼ inches in length, 2 ¼ inches in width and 1 inch in depth. The sanitizer is rectangular in shape, made of hard plastic and has a hinged swing door in its front. Inside the item is a 1 inch ultraviolet light bulb, a toothbrush and a removable drip tray. Located below the removable drip tray is a two-pronged rubber clasp which holds the toothbrush in place. On the back of the sanitizer is a covered battery compartment. The item operates on 2 “AA” batteries.

The purpose of the item is to act as a toothbrush sanitizer. It uses ultraviolet light to sanitize. In use, the toothbrush would be placed in the sanitizer in front of the ultraviolet light, held in place by the rubber clasp. When the door of the sanitizer is closed, the ultraviolet light illuminates and the sanitization process automatically begins. The ultraviolet light turns off automatically after 7 minutes.

The applicable subheading for the “VIOlight Toothbrush Sanitizer” (Model VIO200) will be 8543.70.9650, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), which provides for “Electrical machines and apparatus: Other machines and apparatus: Other: Other: Other: Other”. The rate of duty will be 2.6%.

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/.

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 Steve Pollichino at 646-733-3008.


Robert B. Swierupski

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