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NY 872206

March 23, 1992

CLA-2-58:S:N:N3H:351 872206


TARIFF NO.: 5806.32.1090; 6307.90.4020

Ms. Terrie Hanrahan
Hallmark Cards Incorporated
Kansas City, Missouri 64141

RE: The tariff classification of a narrow woven ribbon and a decorative braided cord with tassels from Taiwan and Thailand, respectively.

Dear Ms. Hanrahan:

In your letter dated March 6, 1992, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

You have submitted two samples of decorative textile items, as follows: narrow woven fabric ribbon, stock no. 995XXA7314, and gold cording with jewels and tassels, stock no. 895XXA7321. In your letter, you described the merchandise as garlands that are marketed and sold as Christmas tree ornaments. However, these items are not of a class or kind of non-durable festive merchandise that is traditionally associated with Christmas. The first sample, a ribbon made in Taiwan, measures three yards in length by 2 1/2 inches in width. It is made of red, woven 100% nylon fabric and has two edges made fast with gold metallic stitching which covers two wires. The word "Gloria" appears eleven times on each narrow ribbon. The second sample is a 1/4 inch diameter braided cord measuring eight feet in length. Gold tassels, imitation gemstones and hang loops are spaced at intervals of approximately 23 inches. The decorative round cord portion of this item is loosely braided or plaited, and it is black and gold metallic in color. The item is made of 95% polyester and 2% metallic foil. The country of origin of the second sample is Thailand.

The applicable subheading for the ribbon, stock no. 995XXA7314, will be 5806.32.1090, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for narrow woven fabrics, other than goods of heading 5807, other woven fabrics, of man- made fibers, ribbons, other. The rate of duty will be 9% ad valorem.
The cord with tassels, stock no. 895XXA7321, will be classifiable under the provision for other made up articles,.., other, cords and tassels, other, in subheading 6307.90.4020, HTS. The rate of duty will be 7.2% ad valorem.

The ribbon and the cord with tassels fall within textile category designations 229 and 669, respectively. Based upon international textile trade agreements, products of Taiwan and Thailand are subject to the requirement of a visa (both countries) and quota restraints (Taiwan only).

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.

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

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