Mr. Michael K. Tomenga
McKenna & Cuneo
1575 Eye Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
RE: The tariff classification of toy vehicles and a coupon
from China and the U.S. respectively
Dear Mr. Tomenga:
In your letter dated December 31, 1991, you requested a
tariff classification ruling on behalf of your client Simon
Three toy vehicles and a coupon booklet were submitted with
your inquiry. Each vehicle is molded with a cartoon character
permanently attached. The articles are made entirely of plastic
with the exception of metal axles and metal screws used in
conjunction with the wheels. The toy vehicles will be packaged
overseas in a polybag with a U.S. made coupon book.
The first item is "Marty's Hoverboard" measuring 6.5 cm in
length and 5 cm in height. The figure depicts a young boy riding
a wheeled hoverboard through foaming white surf. The boy is
posed in a kneeling position with painted on features and
clothing. Beneath the hoverboard are four free-wheeling white
The second article is "Einstein's Traveling Train" measuring
6.5 cm in length and 4 cm in height. The train is a
representation of a steam locomotive engine with a dog leaning
out the cab. Its five wheels are free-wheeling.
The next item is "Verne's Junkmobile" measuring 6.5 cm in
length and 6 cm in height. The item depicts a boy driving a race
car that resembles a bathtub in appearance. The two front wheels
are connected by an arm extension raising the front end of the
vehicle. Two rear wheels are spun by pushing down on the front
of the car which causes the arm to wind various internal gears.
After winding the gears the vehicle will take off upon release.
The final article is a 10 page "Coupon Book". The book will
be printed in the U.S. with various advertisements and coupons
redeemable for specific products. The leaflet is printed on
coated paper and will be bound by glue. The booklets will be
inserted in a polybag with the toys.
The applicable subheading for "Marty's Hoverboard",
"Einstein's Traveling Train" and "Verne's Junkmobile" will be
9503.90.6000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
(HTS), which provides for other toys (except models), not having
a spring mechanism. The duty rate will be 6.8 percent ad
The applicable subheading for the "Coupon Book" will be
4911.10.0080, HTS, which provides for other printed matter: trade
advertising material, commercial catalogs and the like: other.
The duty rate will be free.
Additionally, provided that the U.S. made coupon book will
not be advanced in value or improved in condition as a result of
repackaging, it will be eligible for the duty exemption available
under HTSUS subheading 9801.00.1099 when returned to the U.S.,
provided the documentary requirements of 19 CFR 10.1 are
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