AUG 23 1990
Mr. Martin J. Vezzetti
Border Brokerage Company
P.O. Box B
Blaine, Washington 98230
RE: The tariff classification of signs from Canada.
Dear Mr. Vezzetti:
In your letter dated August 16, 1990, on behalf of First
Meridien Distributors Ltd. (Vancouver, BC, Canada), you requested
a tariff classification ruling.
The articles in question are screen-printed signs, also
referred to as "price cards," designed to be placed near
merchandise displays in retail stores to convey the price of the
goods being offered. Descriptive literature and samples were
submitted and will be retained for reference.
One sample is a 9 x 14 cm sheet of paperboard, while the
other is a 13 x 18 cm sheet of semiflexible polystyrene. Each is
boldly printed with the word, "SALE," followed by the figure,
"888.88," the latter in white characters on a black background.
The numerals are in the style of those seen in electronic digital
displays, allowing the user to create any desired price by
blackening out appropriate segments. The literature suggests
that a marker with water-soluble ink be used for this purpose so
that the card can subsequently be erased and "re-priced."
The applicable subheading for the screen-printed price-card
signs, both the paperboard and plastic versions, will be
4911.99.8000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
(HTS), which provides for other (than certain enumerated) printed
matter. The rate of duty will be 4.9%.
Goods classifiable under subheading 4911.99.8000, HTS, which
have originated in the territory of Canada, will be entitled to a
2.9 percent rate of duty under the United States-Canada Free
Trade Agreement (FTA) upon compliance with all applicable
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
Jean F. Maguire
New York Seaport