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NY 806603

February 24, 1995

CLA-2-44:S:N:N8:230 806603


TARIFF NO.: 4418.30.0000; 4418.90.4090

Ms. Sharon Chandler
900 Fourth Ave., Suite 3740
Seattle, WA 98164

RE: The tariff classification of wood flooring from Sweden.

Dear Ms. Chandler:

In your letter dated January 24, 1995, on behalf of your client, Swede-in-Co., you requested a tariff classification ruling. Five samples were submitted and are being retained for reference.

"Swedeplank" is a wood flooring plank measuring 9/16" in thickness, 7 1/2" in width and 47", 74" or 86" in length. The sample is composed of a spruce core, a fir back and a face made up of lineal strips of oak veneer. The product will be imported with a tongue and groove profile on both the edges and the ends.

The applicable subheading for the "Swedeplanks" will be 4418.30.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for parquet panels of wood. The rate of duty will be 2.6%.

"Swedestrip" is solid lineal strip flooring in 5/8" or 3/4" thicknesses and 2 1/4" or 3" widths. It is available in oak or birch and is supplied in random lengths. The samples (one oak strip and one birch) are tongued/ grooved along both the edges and the ends, and it is assumed the flooring will be imported in that condition. Although your letter mentions HTS subheading 4409.20.25 as a possible classification for these items, that subheading, which provides for certain continuously shaped wood flooring, excludes wood whose ends have been worked in such manner.

Accordingly, the applicable subheading for the oak or birch "Swedestrips" will be 4418.90.4090, HTS, which provides for other (non-enumerated) builders' joinery and carpentry of wood. The rate of duty will be 4.7%.

Your inquiry does not provide enough information for us to give a classification ruling on the remaining two items, "Plaketten Micalam" and "Plaketten Max-in-Wood." For each of those products, please indicate the density of the fiberboard (in g/cm3), specify all materials used (including any bonding agents, impregnants, resins, papers, reinforcing materials, etc.), and give details on all steps in the manufacturing process.

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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