Mr. William J. Porta
J. Rabinowitz & Sons Trading Co.
14 West Main Street
Earlville, New York 13332
RE: The tariff classification of printed catalogs, from Hong
Dear Mr. Porta:
In your letter dated January 24, 1992, you requested a
tariff classification ruling.
A sample catalogue was submitted, which will be retained for
reference. It is a four-page glued paper pamphlet, offering
products for sale, and is intended to be mailed to prospective
purchasers. The country of origin of the products offered for
sale is not indicated. The catalogue is printed on the front
cover, "Printed in Hong Kong", in small but legible type, at the
lower left corner. There is a U.S. address, "Box 346,
Hamilton, New York" printed at the bottom of the last interior
page of the pamphlet, without any country of origin marking in
close proximity thereto.
The applicable subheading for the catalogue will be
4911.10.0080, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
(HTS), which provides for :Other (than certain enumerated) Trade
advertising material, commercial catalogues and the like. The
rate of duty will be Free.
In addition to classification and rate of duty for the
catalogue, you have asked certain additional questions, which we
will attempt to answer. These matters are advisory only, and do
not form part of the Ruling which binds the Customs Service to a
1. Marking of country of origin, Hong Kong, on each carton
rather than on each catalogue, is not permitted.
Further, as discussed by telephone, in addition to the
marking on the front cover, a second country of origin
must be printed in close proximity to the U.S. address
on the last interior page of the pamphlet, in type of
comparable size to that address.
2. Printed matter is not subject to any special requirements
or regulations prior to entry into the United States.
3. This item is not subject to any quota or I.R.C. rate, at
4. There are no anti-dumping or countervailing duty cases
on this item, as of this date.
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