Mr. Roman E. Longoria, Jr.
International Consulting
P.O. Box 578
McAllen, Texas 78502

RE: The tariff classification of Sahara Brand Jamaica Flavor Beverage Mix from Mexico.

Dear Mr. Longoria:

In your letter dated February 25, 1993, on behalf of Industrial Deshidratadora, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

A sample was included with the your request. The sample was examined and disposed of. The subject merchandise is a beverage mix, which is stated to contain 91.4 percent sugar, 8.3 percent citric acid, 0.4 percent vitamin mix, 0.1 percent Jamaica flavor, 0.1 percent artificial coloring and 0.03 percent ascorbic acid. The product will be imported packaged for retail sale in a 890 gram cardboard canister.

The applicable subheading for the Sahara Brand Jamaica Flavor Beverage Mix will be 1701.91.4020, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for cane or beet sugar and chemically pure sucrose, in solid form: other...containing added flavoring matter whether or not containing added coloring...beverage bases: put up for retail sale. The duty rate will be 6 percent ad valorem. Currently, this merchandise is not subject to any import quotas.

Articles classifiable under subheading 1701.91.4020, HTS, which are products of Mexico are entitled to duty free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) upon compliance with all applicable regulations.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Section 177 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 177).

A copy of this ruling letter should be attached to the entry documents filed at the time this merchandise is imported. If the documents have been filed without a copy, this ruling should be brought to the attention of the Customs officer handling the transaction.


Jean F. Maguire
Area Director
New York Seaport