CLA-2-49:S:N8:234 880771

Ms. Liza C.M. Chan
Attorney at Law
719 South Woodward Avenue
Royal Oak, Michigan 48067-3049

RE: The tariff classification of a monthly Chinese language publication, from Canada.

Dear Ms. Chan:

In your letter dated November 20, 1992, on behalf of your client, Chinese Circle, Inc., you requested a tariff classification ruling.

Your client intends to contract with a typesetter/printer in Windsor, Ontario, Canada to typeset and print each month a Chinese-language monthly publication, known as "Chinese Circle Monthly". It will be printed on 8-1/2" x 11"-size paper, and will initially consist of approximately 20 pages of community news, community activities announcements, articles and news items of interest to the Chinese community, and advertisements (from merchants and retail establishments mostly in the Detroit, Michigan area). The projected initial number of printed copies will be 1,000 per monthly issue. The "Chinese Circle Monthly" will be distributed free of charge to its readers in Michigan, with possibly limited distribution in other States in the future.

The applicable subheading for the "Chinese Circle Monthly" will be 4902.90.2060, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for :Other (than certain enumerated) Newspapers, journals and periodicals, whether or not illustrated or containing advertising material. The rate of duty will be Free.

Each imported copy of the "Chinese Circle Monthly" will be required to be printed, "Printed in Canada", in a conspicuous place. To avoid inadvertent delays in obtaining release of shipments from Customs custody, we suggest that this country of origin marking be in the English language.

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 transaction.


Jean F. Maguire
Area Director
New York Seaport