CLA-2-49:S:N3:234 811832

Mr. Murray Scott
Super Plak
P.O. Box 29034
St. Catharines, Ont., L2R 7P9

RE: The tariff classification of finished plaque mounts from Canada

Dear Mr. Scott:

In your letter dated June 1, 1995, you requested a tariff classification ruling. A sample was furnished, which will be retained for reference, unless you should request its return.

The sample is a plaque-mounted lithographic reproduction of a painting, entitled "Country Fields" by the artist Steve Klein. It measures 9" x 6" and is 10 mm in thickness, including the thickness of the permanent mounting material, which is stated to be medium density fibreboard.

The applicable tariff provision for the mounted lithograph described will be 4911.91.3000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (HTSUSA), which provides for: Other printed matter, including printed pictures and photographs:Other (than trade advertising material, commercial catalogues and the like): Pictures, designs and photographs: Printed not over 20 years at time of importation: Other (than suitable for use in the production of articles of heading 4901): Lithographs on paper or paperboard: Over 0.51 mm in thickness. The general rate of duty will be Free. You indicate in your letter that the "images" that you will mount and export to the U.S. will not in all cases be lithographed pictures on paper. The classification of your products will thus not uniformly be 4911.91.3000, but may vary, according to the method of printing and/or the substance of the image (pictures vis-a-vis text).

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