CHAPTER 9
COFFEE, TEA, MATÉ AND SPICES
II
9-1
Notes
  • 1. Mixtures of the products of headings 0904 to 0910 are to be classified as follows:
    • (a) Mixtures of two or more of the products of the same heading are to be classified in that heading;
    • (b) Mixtures of two or more of the products of different headings are to be classified in heading 0910.
    The addition of other substances to the products of headings 0904 to 0910 (or to the mixtures referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) above) shall not affect their classification provided the resulting mixtures retain the essential character of the goods of those headings. Otherwise such mixtures are not classified in this chapter; those constituting mixed condiments or mixed seasonings are classified in heading 2103.
  • 2. This chapter does not cover Cubeb pepper (Piper cubeba) or other products of heading 1211.
Additional U.S. Notes
  • 1. Except as otherwise indicated, the provisions in this chapter cover the named products whether whole or in crushed or powdered form.
  • 2. No allowance shall be made for dirt or other foreign matter in the products of this chapter.
  • 3. The rates of duty specified in subheadings 0901.11 to 0901.22, inclusive, shall not apply to any product imported into Puerto Rico upon which a duty is imposed pursuant to section 319 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1319).
  • 4. All immediate containers and wrappings, and all intermediate containers, of tea (heading 0902) in packages of less than 2.3 kg, net, each are dutiable at the rates applicable to such containers and wrappings if imported empty, except that such goods originating in the following territories listed below shall enter free of duty.
    Australia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Singapore.
  • 5. Pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 41, the importation of impure tea is prohibited, except as provided for in chapter 98.1Carryover legal note from the Tariff Schedule of the United States (TSUS). The Tea Importation Act (21 U.S.C. 41) was repealed,effective April 9, 1996. The shaded area indicates that the provisions have expired.
  • 6. The importation of pepper shells, ground or unground, is prohibited.
Statistical Note
  • 1. For a list of approved standards for "Certified organic", see General Statistical Note 6.
Compiler's Note
The provisions of subchapter II of chapter 99 (Miscellaneous Tariff Bills or MTBs), the provisions of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) found in General Note 4 and most product exclusions from the additional tariffs on products of China in subchapter III of chapter 99 expired on December 31, 2020. However, no endnotes or footnotes relating to these provisions have been deleted as of the issue date of this edition.

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