The merchandise covered by this investigation is certain tobacco cigarettes, commonly referred to as ‘‘4th tier cigarettes.’’ The subject cigarettes are composed of a tobacco blend rolled in paper, have a nominal minimum total length of 7.0 cm but do not exceed 12.0 cm in total nominal length, and have a nominal diameter of less than 1.3 cm. These sizes of cigarettes are frequently referred to as ‘‘Kings’’ and ‘‘100’s,’’ but subject merchandise that meets the physical description of the scope is included regardless of the marketing description of the size of the cigarettes.
Subject merchandise typically has a tobacco blend that consists of 10% or more tobacco stems. Subject merchandise is typically sold in packs of 20 cigarettes per pack which generally includes the marking ‘‘20 Class A
Cigarettes’’ but are included regardless of packaging. 4th tier cigarette packages are typically sold in boxes without a rounded internal corner and without embossed aluminum foil inside the pack.
Both menthol and non-menthol cigarettes and cigarettes with or without a filter attached are covered by the scope of this investigation.
Merchandise covered by this investigation is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under subheading 2402.20.8000. This HTSUS subheading is provided for convenience and customs purposes; the written description of the scope of the investigation is dispositive.