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NY 803914

December 2, 1994

CLA-2-59:S:N:N6:350 803914


TARIFF NO.: 5911.40.0000

Mr. Zhenming Wang
4132 Briarbend Road
Dallas, TX 75287

RE: The tariff classification of melt blown filter material from China.

Dear Mr. Wang:

In your letter dated October 30, 1994, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

You submitted a sample book of some 15 different representative samples, which range in weight from 5 to 200 grams per square meter. You write that the material is made from 100 percent polypropylene particles. The New York Customs laboratory established that the material is, indeed, polypropylene, and, further, that the "plastic" is actually in fiber form. You state that the fiber lengths range from 15 to 20mm in length. This material appears to be made by the melt blown process of producing a nonwoven textile fabric. This material will be imported as roll goods varying from 7 to 94 inches in width and will be used in the manufacture of filters for bacterial filtration and disposable masks. Additionally, after some remanufacturing in the U.S., the material can also be used in hospitals as an absorbent material.

This material, which is principally used as filtration material, is classifiable under subheading 5911.40.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for straining cloth of a kind used in oil presses or the like.... The rate of duty will be 17 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
New York Seaport

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