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HQ 087633

September 7, 1990

CLA-2:CO:R:C:G 087633 DRR 832884


TARIFF NO.: 5609.00.4000

Mrs. Melinda Oakes
1530 McDaniel Drive
Westtown Business Center
West Chester, Pennsylvania 19380

RE: Classification of bongee cords; modification of NYRL 832884, dated November 7, 1988

Dear Ms. McHugh:

This is in further response to your letter dated October 5, 1988, requesting the classification of bongee cords from Mexico, under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (HTSUSA).


The merchandise is represented by a bongee cord from Mexico. The cord is made of braided textile material of man made fiber, covering a rubber core and secured at either end by plastic coated metal hooks. It will be marketed as a detachable accessory on a lightweight beach cart, to be used to secure personal items. New York Ruling Letter (NYRL) 832884, dated November 7, 1988, classified the bongee cord as other made up articles of textile material under subheading 6307.90.9000, HTSUSA. We have had occasion to review that ruling and have found it necessary to modify the decision.


What is the proper classification of the merchandise at issue?


Classification of merchandise under the HTSUSA is in accordance with the General Rules of Interpretation (GRI). GRI 1 provides that the classification of articles is to be determined according to the terms of the headings and any relevant section or chapter notes.

Heading 6307 provides for other made-up articles of any textile material which are not included more specifically in other headings of Section XI. However, Note 1 to Chapter 63 specifies that Sub-Chapter I applies only to made up articles of any textile fabric. Since the bongee cord is made of braided cordage, is not a textile fabric for tariff purposes and is therefore precluded from classification in heading 6307, HTSUSA.

Braided cordage or textile covered rubber, when imported in continuous lengths is provided for under heading 5604, HTSUSA. The product in question however has been cut to length and fitted with steel hooks at each end. It has therefore been advanced in condition beyond the scope of heading 5604. Heading 5609, HTSUSA, provides for articles of cordage, rope or cable, not elsewhere specified or included. The Explanatory Notes to the HTSUSA constitute the official interpretation of the nomenclature at the international level. The Explanatory Notes to heading 5609 indicate that this provision includes cordage cut to length and fitted with rings, hooks, etc. We are of the opinion that the braided stretch cords are properly classifiable under heading 5609.


The bongee cord in question is classified under subheading 5609.00.4000, HTSUSA, as an article of cordage not elsewhere specified or included, other, with a duty rate of 7.8 percent ad valorem. If the article qualifies as a product of Mexico, it would be entitled to duty free treatment under the General System of Preferences (GSP).

Due to the changeable nature of the statistical annotation and the restraint (quota/visa) categories applicable to textile merchandise, you should contact your local Customs office prior to importation of this merchandise to determine the current status of any import restraints or requirements.

This notice to you should be considered a modification of NYRL 832884 under 19 CFR 177.9(d)(1) (1989), copy enclosed. It is not to be applied retroactively to NYRL 832884 (19 CFR 177.9(d)(2) (1989)) and will not, therefore, affect the transaction for the importation of your merchandise under that ruling. However, for the purposes of future transactions in merchandise of this type, NYRL 832884 will not be valid precedent. We recognize that pending transactions may be adversely affected by this revocation, in that current contracts
for importation arriving at a port subsequent to the release of HRL 087633 will be classified under the new ruling. If such a situation arises, you may, at your discretion, notify this office and apply for relief from the binding effects of the new ruling as may be dictated by the circumstances.


John Durant, Director

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