Mr. Ian B. Whiton
Transmonde Marketing Group, Ltd.
1368 East 18th Street, Suite 2R
Brooklyn, New York 11230
RE: The tariff classification of an Oriental styled scroll
calendar, from China.
Dear Mr. Whiton:
In your letter dated October 26, 1998, to the Assistant Area
Director (Commercial Operations), U.S. Customs Service, JFK
Airport, on behalf of your client, Arizona Beverages, Lake Success,
New York, you requested a tariff classification ruling for certain
printed calendars. A sample was submitted, and will be retained for
The article is a scroll calendar for the year 1999, printed on
narrow strips of paper bound at intervals of about 1 cm by white
thread. It measures, when unrolled for hanging, about 75 cm by 32
cm. The paper strips are 0.32 in thickness. The printing is in
The calendar has two wooden sticks (top and bottom) for
support, and a ribbon for hanging. It is packaged for retail
distribution in a polybag, within a gift box. The upper support
stick has a pressure-sensitive label affixed with your firms name,
address, telephone number and fax number printed on it.
The gift box, printed "New-Cane Wallscroll", also has the
pressure-sensitive label affixed to it.
Your client will give away or sell these calendars as a
The applicable subheading for this product will be
4910.00.2000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
(HTS), which provides for: Calendars of any kind..: Printed on
paper or paperboard in whole or in part by a lithographic process:
Not over 0.51 mm in thickness. The rate of duty is Free.
The sample calendar is not legally marked to indicate to an
ultimate purchaser in the United States that it is a product of
China. The imported calendars it represents must be so marked to be
admissible into the United States. This is the case whether your
client intends to sell them or to give them away free of charge.
Further, since your U.S. address is permanently affixed to the
calendars and to the gift boxes in which they will be distributed,
the country of origin marking, "Made in China" must be placed in
close proximity to that U.S. address (on the box and on the
calendar), and must be in type of comparable size.
Failure to attend to this country of origin marking
requirement may result in detention of the goods, and the
imposition of monetary penalties and/or the assessment of
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 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
this ruling, contact National Import Specialist Carl Abramowitz, at
Robert B. Swierupski