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NY 889571

August 26, 1993

CLA-2-56:S:N:N6:351 889571


TARIFF NO.: 5607.29.0000; 5607.49.2500

Mr. Anthony R. Berryman
Trinidad Ropeworks Limited
Lot 1A, O'Meara Industrial Estate
Arima, Tinidad, West Indies

RE: The tariff classification of sisal and polypropylene cordage from Trinidad and Tobago.

Dear Mr. Berryman:

In your letters dated August 6 and 18, 1993, through our Andean/CBI Help Desk, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

You have submitted three samples of twisted, 3-strand plied cordage measuring approximately 1/2 inch in diameter. The first sample is made of treated sisal vegetable fibers. We assume that the sisal rope measures more than 20,000 decitex. The second sample is made 100% polypropylene monofilament. Each monofilament fiber has a diameter of 0.020 inches. The third sample is a rope made of 100% polypropylene split film. During the manufacturing process, the polypropylene film has been split or slit; this material is not considered to wide nonfibrillated strip. We assume that the two polypropylene ropes measure more than 10,000 decitex. The fact that the raw materials for the two polypropylene ropes are United States-made granules that are melted and extruded into monofilaments or strips in Trinidad, will not affect the classification or country of origin of this merchandise.

The applicable subheading for the sisal rope will be 5607.29.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for twine, cordage, ropes and cables, ..., of sisal or other textile fibers of the genus Agave, other. The duty rate will be 7.2 percent ad valorem.

Articles classifiable under subheading 5607.29.0000, HTS, which are products of Trinidad and Tobago, will be entitled to duty free treatment under either the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) or the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), upon compliance with all applicable regulations.


The two twisted polypropylene ropes will be classifiable under the provision for twine, cordage, ropes and cables, ..., of polyethylene or polypropylene, other, other, other, in subheading 5607.49.2500, HTS. The rate of duty will be 27.6 cents per kilogram plus 15 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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