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NY 817111

December 22, 1995

CLA-2-63:RR:NC:TP:349 817111


TARIFF NO.: 6304.99.6020

Ms. Rosanna Morreale
Armen Cargo Services Inc.
150-36 182nd Street
Springfield Gardens, New York 11413

RE: The tariff classification of a placemat and table runner from India.

Dear Ms. Morreale:

In your letter dated November 21, 1995, on behalf of Nexus Buying House you requested a classification ruling.

The instant samples are a rectangular placemat and table runner. The upper surface of both items is made from 54 percent rayon and 46 percent polyester woven fabric and the backing layer is made of 100 percent cotton woven fabric. The woven fabric of the upper surface is of brocade construction. This brocade fabric is woven with a holly leaf design. The backing fabric is red in color. The placemat measures approximately 32.5 x 48 centimeters and the table runner 33 x 274 centimeters. The runner has two pointed ends with a red tassel attached to each end. Although heading 6302 provides for placemats and table runners, Explanatory Note (2) for heading 6302 excludes certain articles made from lace, velvet or brocade materials from the provision. Items made from these materials are more decorative in nature and are classified in heading 6304. Since your samples are of "brocade" construction heading 6304 applies. The samples are being returned.

The applicable subheading for the placemat and runner will be 6304.99.6020, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other furnishing articles, excluding those of heading 9404: not knitted or crocheted, of other textile materials: other: other... of artificial fibers. The duty rate will be 6.1 percent ad valorem. The duty rate for 1996 will be 5.8 percent ad valorem.

Both items fall within textile category designation 666. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of India 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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