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NY 869752

December 24, 1991

CLA-2-55:S:N:N3H:351 869752


TARIFF NO.: 5508.10.0000

Mr. Miguel Ruiz
Miami International Forwarders
P.O. Box 523730
Miami, FL 33152-3730

RE: The tariff classification of a sewing thread kit from Taiwan.

Dear Mr. Ruiz:

In your letter dated December 4, 1991, (your reference no. MR/91-266), on behalf of Dyno Merchandise Corp., you requested a tariff classification ruling.

You have submitted a sample of a sewing thread kit known as a "poly bag of notions". No item or style number was indicated in your letter or on the sample. This item is put up for retail sale in a poly bag, and it will be used by the US consumer in the household for minor sewing repairs of clothing. The sewing kit is not considered to be a travel set. The primary portion of the kit is the 100% spun polyester sewing thread put up on 50 plastic spools. Each spool contains 30 feet of thread and weighs approximately 1 gram. The thread is a two-ply yarn with a final "Z" twist, and we assume that the thread is dressed. In addition to the inner bag containing the 50 spools of thread, the sewing kit consists of various items, as follows: a miniature scissors, a metal thimble, a metal threader, a tape measure, a sewing needle set, a plastic box containing straight needles, a bag of safety pins, a plastic box containing hooks, and a bag of buttons.

The applicable subheading for the complete sewing kit will be 5508.10.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for sewing thread of man-made staple fibers, whether or not put up for retail sale, of synthetic staple fibers. The rate of duty will be 13 percent ad valorem.

The 50 spools of sewing thread in each kit fall within textile category designation 200. Based upon international textile trade agreements, products of Taiwan are subject to the requirement of a visa and quota restraints.

The designated textile and apparel category may be subdivided into parts. If so, visa and quota requirements applicable to the subject merchandise may be affected. Since part categories are the result of international bilateral agreements which are subject to frequent renegotiations and changes, to obtain the most current information available, we suggest that you check, close to the time of shipment, the Status Report On Current Import Quotas (Restraints Levels), an internal issuance of the U.S. Customs Service, which is available for inspection at your local Customs office.

In your letter, you inquired about country of origin marking requirements for the kit. Three of the kit's parts - the polybag holding the thread, the scissors and the tape measure - are legibly marked "Made in Taiwan" or "Taiwan". This is sufficient country of origin marking for the kit. In addition, the Federal Trade Commission requires that textile fiber products be marked conspicuously with the fiber content and the RN or the name of the company.

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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