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NY 815744

November 14, 1995

CLA-2-57:R:N3:349 815744


TARIFF NO.: 5705.00.2020

Ms. Laura Mear
BDP International Inc.
1505 B Kings Street Extension
Charleston, SC 29405

RE: The tariff classification of a bath mat from China.

Dear Ms. Mear:

In your letter dated October 26, 1995, on behalf of Sino U.S. Inc. you requested a classification ruling.

The submitted sample is a bath mat. The mat is made of 80 percent cotton and 20 percent polyester terry knit fabric which has been laminated to a plastic foam backing. It measures approximately 46 centimeters x 76.5 centimeters. The center of the mat has a diamond design. The sample is being returned.

The applicable subheading for the bath mat will be 5705.00.2020, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other carpets and other textile floor coverings, whether or not made up: other... of cotton. The duty rate will be 6.2 percent ad valorem.

The bath mat falls within textile category designation 369. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of China are subject to quota and the requirement of a visa.

The designated textile and apparel categories may be subdivided into parts. If so, visa and quota requirements applicable to the subject merchandise may be affected. 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 the ruling or the control number indicated above should be provided with the entry documents filed at the time this merchandise is imported. If you have any questions regarding the ruling, contact National Import Specialist John Hansen at 212-466-5854


Roger J. Silvestri

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