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NY 884357

April 28, 1993

CLA-2-59:S:N:N6:350 884357


TABIFF NO: 5903.90.2500

Ms. Felix A. Chambers
Samsonite Corporation
11200 East Forty-Fifth Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80239-3018

RE: The tariff classification of a coated tapestry fabric for use in the manufacture of luggage, from Taiwan.

Dear Ms Chambers:

In your letter dated March 29, 1993, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The instant sample, identified as Lily Pad Tapestry Fabric having specification no. SLS 1445A, consists of a 100% polyester woven tapestry fabric that has been coated on one side with styrene-acrylonitrile polymer (SAN), which is a plastics material. While you did not provide us with the component weight specifications for this fabric, the material does not appear to be over 70 percent by weight of the plastic. It is important for the sake of the Import Specialist at the port(s) of entry to be aware of the actual weights of the plastic vis a vis the textile in order to be able to accurately determine the classification of the merchandise.

The applicable subheading for the material will be 5903.90.2500 Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for textile fabrics impregnated, coated, covered or laminated with plastics, 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 Taiwan are subject to quota and the requirement 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 Custom office 2
This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Section 177 of the .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 documemts 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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