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HQ 081817


January 17, 1989

CLA-2 CO:R:C:G 081817 SM

CATEGORY: CLASSIFICATION

TARIFF NO.: HTSUS 5911.90.0000; 6001.92.0020

Mr. Anthony Sorresso
Miracle Graphic Supplies, Inc.
98 Field Street
West Babylon, NY 11704

RE: Tariff classification of dampening roller covers

Dear Mr. Sorresso:

Your letter of April 30, 1987, addressed to our New York office, requesting a tariff classification ruling for dampen- ing roller covers, has been referred to this office for reply.

FACTS:

A sample of the merchandise, to be imported from Japan, was submitted. It is a knit man-made fiber seamless tubing of pile construction, known as "Mir-a-Vel," with a diameter of about seven centimeters. It weighs approximately 1,207 grams per square meter and has fewer than 12 stitches per centimeter in the vertical direction. It is designed for use in the printing industry, specifically, to fit over the dampening rollers of a printing press. The tubing may be imported in the piece and then cut to order, or it may be imported cut to size for specific rollers, with drawstrings sewn on the ends.

ISSUE:

How is the seamless knit pile tubing classified under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (HTSUSA) if imported in the piece and if imported in the form of roller covers of specific sizes?

LAW AND ANALYSIS:

Classification under the HTSUSA is in accordance with the General Rules of Interpretation (GRI's). GRI 1 provides that classification is determined first according to the terms of the headings of the tariff and any relative section or chapter notes.

With regard to the fabric, heading 6001, HTSUSA, pro- vides for pile fabrics, knitted or crocheted. Statistical Note 1 of Chapter 60 states that to be classified under the statistical breakouts for velour under heading 6001, the fabric must contain 12 or more stitches per centimeter in the vertical direction. Since the "Mir-a-Vel" tubing does not meet this requirement, it is classified as other than velour.

With regard to the covers, heading 5911, HTSUSA, pro- vides for textile products and articles for technical uses, specified in Note 7 of Chapter 59, HTSUSA. Note 7(b) speci- fies that heading 5911 includes textile articles of a kind used for technical purposes, assuming such articles are not the types covered by headings 5908 to 5910, HTSUSA. Since the roller covers are articles designed for a technical purpose, i.e., to serve as an integral and necessary part of a litho- graphic printing press, and are not covered by headings 5908 to 5910, which include textile wicks, hosepiping, and conveyor belts, we conclude that they are classifiable under heading 5911, HTSUSA.

Note 7 of Chapter 59, HTSUSA, also provides for the classification under heading 5911 of certain textile piece goods for technical uses. The specified products are quite limited, however, and do not include seamless knit plush tubing.

HOLDING:

If imported as piece goods, the tubing is classified under subheading 6001.92.0020, HTSUSA, textile category 224, a provision for other pile fabrics of man-made fibers over 271 grams per square meter, not velour, with a general rate of duty of 19.5 percent. If imported as covers, the merchandise is classified under subheading 5911.90.0000, HTSUSA, with a general rate of duty of 7.5 percent.

Because of the possibility of changes in statistical annotations, i.e., the ninth and tenth digits of the tariff classification number, and in the restraint categories, you should contact your local Customs office prior to importation of this merchandise to determine the current status of any import restraints or requirements.

Sincerely,

John Durant, Director
Commercial Rulings Division

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