Mr. Jack Chapkin
5293 Northwest 26th Circle
Boca Raton, Florida 33496
RE: The tariff classification of wooden boxes from Egypt, and bottles made of
camel bone, from Turkey.
Dear Mr. Chapkin:
In your letter dated October 25, 1996, you requested a tariff
classification ruling. Two samples were submitted and are being returned to you
The first item is an octagonal wooden box with a hinged, flip-open lid.
The box measures about 3 1/2" x 5 1/4" x 2" and is lined with textile fabric.
Its exterior is adorned with designs said to be formed by inlaid
The applicable subheading for the box will be 4420.90.6500, Harmonized
Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for jewelry boxes,
silverware chests, microscope cases, tool or utensil cases and similar boxes,
cases and chests, all the foregoing of wood: other than cigar and cigarette
boxes: lined with textile fabrics. The rate of duty will be 1.3 cents per
kilogram + 1.7% ad valorem.
The second item is a small bottle, about three inches high, made of an
opaque, off-white material said to be camel bone. It includes a stopper-type
closure with a rod-like dipstick or applicator that extends down into the void
of the bottle. (The stopper/applicator is also of bone.) The exterior of the
bottle has been hand painted with colorful pictures. The intended use of this
article was not stated in your letter.
The applicable subheading for the bottle will be 9601.90.6000, HTS, which
provides for worked bone...and other animal carving material, and articles of
these materials (including articles obtained by molding): of bone, horn, hoof,
whalebone, quill or any combination thereof. The rate of duty will be free.
At present, there are no "categories" associated with either of the
aforementioned HTS numbers, since there are no quotas or visa requirements.
We note that the samples are not marked with their country of origin. When
imported into the United States, the goods will be required to be so marked,
legibly, in a conspicuous place, and in a manner sufficiently permanent to reach
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 Paul Garretto, at (212) 466-5779.
Roger J. Silvestri