Ms. Mary Beth Moran
The Buffalo Customhouse Brokerage Co., Inc.
Peace Bridge Plaza Warehouse, Suite 211
Buffalo, New York 14213
RE: The tariff classification of holograms from the United
Dear Ms. Moran:
In your letter dated February 11, 1992, on behalf of your
client, Silverbridge Group Inc. (Toronto, Canada), you requested
a tariff classification ruling.
The goods in question are holograms, which are described as
three-dimensional images (pictures) recorded by using laser beams
on dichromated gelatin, which is then sandwiched between layers
of glass. The holograms will be in the form of 5" x 7" or 8" x
10" plates, framed so that they can be displayed on a wall or
shelf. Some versions, instead of being conventionally framed,
may be embedded in blocks of acrylic/lucite as an alternative
form of presentation.
A miniature, unmounted version of the product, about the
size and shape of an eyeglass lens, was submitted as a sample and
will be retained for reference. When held at certain angles, it
appears to depict a three-dimensional Egyptian landscape, with
pyramids, trees, sand and sky.
The applicable subheading for the holograms will be
4911.91.4040, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
(HTS), which provides for other (than certain enumerated)
printed pictures. The rate of duty will be 3.1%.
Without samples of the products in the condition in which
they will be imported into the United States, it is difficult for
us to provide a specific response to your additional request for
advice on how the country of origin marking should be done.
Generally, such marking must be legible and in a conspicuous
place; it must be done in such a way that it will remain on the
article until it reaches the ultimate retail purchaser.
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