CLA-2 CO:R:C:T 089960 KWM
TARIFF No.: 4820.10.2010; 4820.10.4000
Ms. Lisa Levaggi Borter
Adduci, Mastriani, Meeks & Schill
330 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10017
RE: Your reference BUX-002; Agenda / Address book; Diary;
Notebook; Address book; Heading 4820; Planner; Organizer.
Dear Ms. Borter:
We have received your letter dated July 15, 1991,
requesting a tariff classification for "leather agendas." Our
Three samples were received with your request: style
numbers 12-746, 12-748 and 12-749. All of the articles are
referred to as leather agendas. Style numbers 12-746 and 12-
749 consist of the following components: a calendar-planner,
an address-telephone book, and a blank note pad. Each
component is inserted into a leather covered paperboard
covered. Style number 12-749 has a snap closure.
Style number 12-748 has similar elements, but also
includes sections for expenses, and professional contacts.
Style number 12-748 holds the components in a loose leaf ring
binder. It also has a snap closure.
How is the pocket agenda classified under the Harmonized
Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated?
LAW AND ANALYSIS:
Classification under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of
the United States Annotated (HTSUSA) is made in accordance
with the General Rules of Interpretation (GRI's). The
systematic detail of the harmonized system is such that
virtually all goods are classified by application of GRI 1,
that is, according to the terms of the headings of the tariff
schedule and any relevant Section or Chapter Notes.
We note one heading which may be eligible for
classification of this product by applying GRI 1. Heading
4820, HTSUSA, provides for, inter alia, notebooks, memorandum
pads, diaries and similar articles. The term "diary" is
defined in the Compact Edition of the Oxford English
Dictionary 1987 as:
2. A book prepared for keeping a daily record, or
having spaces with printed dates for daily memoranda and
jottings; also applied to calendars containing daily
memoranda on matters of importance to people generally,
or to members of a particular profession, occupation, or
Id, at 321. A similar article might be an address book for
recording and keeping important addresses and telephone
numbers in a single place for easy reference. The sample
agendas are designed to keep notes, memoranda, addresses and
telephone numbers in a single convenient location, as
evidenced by the address-telephone book and the note pad. The
calendar facilitates daily record keeping. Customs considers
heading 4820 to include within its scope diaries and similar
articles such as these. We find the instant articles to be
classified in heading 4820, HTSUSA. Subheading 4820.10.2010,
HTSUSA, provides for bound diaries and address books. Style
number 12-748, having a ring binder, is bound and is
classified in subheading 4820.10.2010, HTSUSA. Customs does
not consider style numbers 12-746 and 12-749 to be bound.
They are classified in subheading 4820.10.4000, HTSUSA, as
"other" diaries and similar articles.
It has been suggested that the provision for wallets and
similar containers of heading 4202, HTSUSA, includes the
instant articles. We believe that these articles are
distinguishable. Agendas such as these are neither used in a
similar manner, nor exhibit the physical attributes which
would indicate that they are ejusdem generis to the items
described in heading 4202, HTSUSA.
Having found that heading 4820, HTSUSA, provides, eo
nomine, for the merchandise, and that no other heading is
eligible for consideration, the sample article is classified
as a diary, address book or similar article of heading 4820,
The merchandise at issue, described as a leather agendas,
are classified in subheading 4820.10, HTSUSA, under the
provision for registers, account books, notebooks, order
books, receipt books, letter pads, memorandum pads, diaries
and similar articles. Style number 12-748, having a loose
leaf ring binder is classified in subheading 4820.10.2010,
HTSUSA. The applicable rate of duty for this subheading is 4
percent ad valorem. Style numbers 12-746 and 12-749, having
components inserted in the outer covering are classified in
subheading 4820.10.4000, HTSUSA. Articles classifiable in
this subheading are free of duty.
John A. Durant, Director
Commercial Rulings Division