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NY 884021

April 13, 1993

CLA-2-59:S:N:N6:350 884021


TARIFF NO.: 5903.20.2500

Mr. Billy J. Gwin
Geo. S. Bush & Co., Inc.
1400 Exchange Building
821 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

RE: The tariff classification of heat transfer tape, for use in the manufacture of wet suits, from Japan

Dear Mr Gwin:

In your letter dated March 16, 1993, on behalf of Harvey's Skindiving Suits, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The instant sample, identified as T-5000 is a heat transfer tape You write that the tape consists of a 100% nylon and polyurethane strip with glue between the strips and give the respective weights as 43-44* nylon with the glue and polyurethane strip comprising 56-57%.

The material is of knit construction with a layer of plastic film on one surface. It appears that this tape, 2cm wide, was cut from a wide piece of material. We take it that the mentioned glue (type not identified), was used to laminate the plastic to the textile Further, we assume, that the polyurethane acts as a thermoplastic adhesive when the tape is being used to assemble wet suits. You suggest classification under subheading 5906.10, adhesive tape under rubberized fabric. Adhesive tape would have to be self sticky and not rely on thermoplastic properties. Also, the adhesive would have to be of a rubber compound. Heading 5906 .. is excluded on both counts

The applicable subheading for material, the therefore , will be 5903.20.2500, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for textile fabrics impregnated. coated, covered or laminated with plastics. with polyurethane, of man-made fibers, not over 70 percent by weight of plastics. The rate of duty will be 8.5 percent ad valorem.

This merchandise falls within textile category designation 229. Based upon international textile trade agreements, products of Japan are subject to quota and the requirements of a visa.

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 (Restraint 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
Area Director

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