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HQ 086119

December 20, 1989

CLA-2 CO:R:C:G 086119 CMR



Isake Komailevuka
Economic and Commercial Specialist
U.S. Embassy, Fiji

RE: Request for information on behalf of JNJ Corporation

Dear Mr. Komailevuka:

We do not have sufficient information to issue a ruling on the classification of the garments in question. The information required includes:

What type of fabric will the garments be made of -- woven or knit?

What is the other fabric fiber?

Will the tops and pants be made of identical fabric and how will they be sold in the United States -- separately or as sets?

We need a better description of the garments -- for instance, is the basic blouse a pullover or does it have any opening at the neck? Generally, samples are required.

What manufacturing processes will occur in Fiji?

We can provide some general information. Textiles are excluded from GSP. Therefore, the garments are subject to a rate of duty which is dependent on the fabrics used and the classification of the garments. If the garments are of chief weight polyester, the rate of duty will range from 17 percent to 34.6 percent depending on the garments' classification.

Women's blouses and trousers which are wholly the growth, product or manufacture of Fiji are presently not subject to visa/quota requirements.

If a binding classification ruling is desired, we suggest that JNJ Corporation make such request in writing, not by FAX, to the following address:

Area Director of Customs
New York Seaport
6 World Trade Center
New York, New York 10048

We are faxing a copy of this letter to the JNJ Corporation. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


John Durant, Director
Commercial Rulings Division

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