United States International Trade Commision Rulings And Harmonized Tariff Schedule
faqs.org  Rulings By Number  Rulings By Category  Tariff Numbers
faqs.org > Rulings and Tariffs Home > Rulings By Number > 1990 HQ Rulings > HQ 0083676 - HQ 0083791 > HQ 0083739

Previous Ruling Next Ruling

HQ 083739

January 30, 1990

CLA-2 CO:R:C:G 083739 CB


TARIFF NO.: 5505.10.0020

Mr. Vernon D. Kurz
E.I. duPont de Nemours and Company
Read Building, Concord Plaza
Wilmington, DE 19898

RE: Classification of aramid waste

Dear Mr. Kurz:

This ruling is in response to a letter from your company dated October 13, 1987, requesting a classification ruling under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (HTSUSA), for certain waste products.


According to the information provided, your company manufactures a man-made aramid fiber marketed under the trade name KEVLAR. Apparently, during the KEVLAR yarn manufacturing process, a certain amount of virgin spun waste yarn results. This waste takes two forms, i.e., as stripped waste transportable in bales or as yarn on tubes. The stripped waste, also known as outfall, develops during the production process prior to winding on tubes, whereas the yarn on tubes accumulates after the winding process. It has been stated that both types of waste are fit only for remanufacture.


How are the waste products classified under the HTSUSA?


Classification of merchandise under the HTSUSA is in accordance with the General Rules of Interpretation (GRI's), taken in order. GRI 1 provides that the starting point is the terms of the headings of the tariff and any relevant section or chapter notes.

In the original inquiry letter it was stated that the waste should be classified in subheading 3915.90.0000, HTSUSA, as plastic waste. However, pursuant to GRI 1, it is Customs position that the subject merchandise is a textile product of

Section XI of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule and is therefore more properly classified under Chapter 55, HTSUSA.

Heading 5505, HTSUSA, provides for fiber waste including short fibers obtained as waste from processes preparatory to spinning. It also encompasses yarn wastes, which are broken, knotted or tangled yarns, collected as waste during the spinning doubling, reeling, weaving or knitting operations. It is Customs position that the stripped waste is a product unsuitable for its intended use; therefore, it is classifiable in subheading 5505.10.0020, HTSUSA, which provides for waste (including noils, yarn waste, and garnetted stock).

Regarding the yarn on the tubes, it has been Customs position that when yarn is on a cone, tube, bobbin, or pirn it is classifiable as yarn, unless there is compelling evidence to the contrary. You have submitted information indicating that the physical configuration of the yarn renders it unusable for commercial application. According to the information you have provided, after importation into the United States, the yarn and waste are processed into pulp. Based on the information submitted, the yarn is also classifiable in subheading 5505.10.0020, HTSUSA.


The KEVLAR stripped waste and yarn are classifiable in subheading 5505.10.0020, HTSUSA, which provides for waste (including noils, yarn waste, and garnetted stock), of man-made fibers. The rate of duty is 2.1 percent ad valorem.


John Durant, Director

Previous Ruling Next Ruling

See also: