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NY N018013

October 11, 2007



TARIFF NO.: 4202.32.1000, 7326.20.0070

Anne Amice
10449 Whitebridge Lane
St. Louis, MO 63141

RE: The tariff classification of a coin purse with a removable steel key chain from France

Dear Ms. Amice:

In your letter dated October 3, 2007, you requested a tariff classification ruling. The sample which you submitted is being retained by this office.

A style number was not provided for the samples submitted. The item is a coin purse with a removable key chain. The coin purse is constructed with an outer surface of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic sheeting material that is reinforced with a textile material. The interior of the purse is unlined and has a zipper closure. A removable steel key chain is attached to the zipper of the purse. The coin purse measures approximately 4” (W) x 2.5” (H).

In your letter you mention that a removable sticker with the country of origin will be applied once the shipment arrives in the United States. This is not acceptable. 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 prior to its importation. Because there are a variety of acceptable methods of marking, including hang-tags, labels, etc., we suggest you contact your local Customs port for advice on the method that will least detract from the design.

The applicable subheading for the coin purse will be 4202.32.1000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), which provides for articles of a kind normally carried in the pocket or in the handbag, with outer surface of plastic sheeting materials, of reinforced or laminated plastics. The duty rate will be 12.1 cents/kg + 4.6% ad valorem.

The applicable subheading for the key chain will be 7326.20.0070, (HTSUS), which provides for other articles of iron or steel, articles of iron or steel wire, other. The rate of duty will be 3.9 percent 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/.

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 Vikki Lazaro at 646-733-3041.


Robert B. Swierupski

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