CLA-2-96:RR:NC:N1:113 D86922

Mr. Tony Collini
John S. Connor, Inc.
The World Trade Center
401 Pratt Street
Suite 700
Baltimore, MD 21202

RE: The tariff classification of pencils from Hong Kong

Dear Mr. Collini

In your letter dated January 12, 1999, on behalf of Curiosity Kits, Inc., you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The merchandise is colored pencils. The pencils have wooden sheaths, are 3 1/3 inches long and have leads of varying colors. The applicable subheading for the pencils will be 9609.10.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for pencils and crayons, with leads encased in a rigid sheath. The rate of duty will be 14 cents per gross plus 4.3 percent ad valorem.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Part 177 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 177).

A copy of the ruling or the control number indicated above should be provided with the entry documents filed at the time this merchandise is imported. If you have any questions regarding the ruling, contact National Import Specialist James Smyth at 212-466-2084.

Sincerely,

Robert B. Swierupski
Director
National Commodity
Specialist Division