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HQ 088380

February 7, 1991

CLA-2 CO:R:C:T 088380 JS


Alicia Sinclair
3811 Williams Lane
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

RE: Hand Woven Fabric

Dear Ms. Sinclair:

This is in response to your letter of December 7, 1990, requesting classification of hand woven fabric under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated.

Custom's regulations require that sufficient information accompany all requests for binding rulings. The cloth swatches you provided are too small, in this case, to conduct the appropriate laboratory analysis. Specifically, the lab has indicated that an adequate sample must be at least 18 inches x 18 inches with one selvedge intact. However, for a determination as to whether any exemptions for handwoven fabrics apply, we need several yards length with both selvedges intact.

Enclosed are two detailed lists of the information necessary in order to process your request; one is for fabrics in which the cotton predominates by weight and the other is for fabrics in which the man-made fibers predominate by weight. Please also find a copy of Importing Into the United States and other general literature which explains the requirements of the District Rulings Program.

In order to determine the quota status applicable to your merchandise, you must also provide us with the country of origin of the goods. If the goods are manufactured in more than one country, a country of origin determination will require detailed information regarding the manufacturing process, as governed by Section 12.130 of the Customs Regulations. The following is an example of the information we require for such a ruling:

1) the time involved in the various manufacturing or processing operations

2) the resulting changes after processing in each country

3) the complexity of the operations involved

4) the level or degree of skill and/or technology required at each stage of manufacture

You may resubmit your request with the necessary data. Under the District Rulings Program, you are entitled to a decision within 30 days, unless referral to this office is deemed necessary, in which case a decision will be issued within 120 days of the receipt of your letter.


John Durant, Director

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