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NY 858681

December 24, 1990



TARIFF NOS.: 5607.41.3000; 5607.49.1500

Mr. Anthony Cuschieri
Vinmar Inc.
523 N. Sam Houston Parkway East
Houston, Texas 77060

RE: The tariff classification of polypropylene twine from Hungary.

Dear Mr. Cuschieri:

In your letter dated December 4, 1990 you requested a tariff classification ruling.

You have submitted three samples of 100% polypropylene twine measuring approximately 3 millimeters (mm) in diameter. Item No. 1.1.3 includes both the orange and blue twines which are binder and baler twines made from non-texturized, multifilament, fibrillated polypropylene strip. They are singles twines with a "Z" twist. The red and white twine, item No. 1.1.4, is made of white polypropylene monofilaments wrapped with a red strip that has an "S" twist. This twine is not considered to be binder and baler twine. In a phone conversation with National Import Specialist Assistant Donald Corrigan on December 18, 1990, you stated that the three twines are UV stabilized to prevent degradation and that the decitex measurements are between 20,000 and 40,000. We assume that the two binder and baler twines meet the minimum breaking force in decanewtons and the average minimum knot breaking force in decanewtons as discussed with you in our phone conversation.

The applicable subheading for the orange and blue twines, No. 1.1.3, if meeting the breaking force requirements for binder and baler twine will be 5607.41.3000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for twine, cordage, ropes and cables,..., of polyethylene or polypropylene, binder or baler twine, other. The rate of duty will be 8 percent ad valorem.
The polypropylene twine No. 1.1.4 and the No. 1.1.3 twines, if not meeting the breaking force requirements for binder and buler twine, will be classifiable under the provision for twine, cordage, ropes and calbes,..., of polyethylene or polypropylene, other, other, not braided or plaited, measuring less than 4.8mm in diameter, in subheading 5607.49.1500, HTS. The rate of duty will be 8 percent ad valorem.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Section 177 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 177).

A copy of this ruling letter should be attached to the entry documents filed at the time this merchandise is imported. If the documents have been filed without a copy, this ruling should be brought to the attention of the Customs officer handling the transaction.


Jean F. Maguire
Area Director

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