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NY 894278

February 15, 1994

CLA-2-54:S:N:N6:352 894278


TARIFF NO.: 5407.20.0000

Ms. Beverly Klenke
Alexander International
P. O. Box 2145
Savannah, GA 31402

RE: The tariff classification of polypropylene woven fabric from Romania.

Dear Ms. Klenke:

In your letter dated January 24, 1994, on behalf of your client Terra International Trading Corp., you requested a classification ruling.

The submitted sample of plain woven fabric is composed of 100% polypropylene. It is manufactured with polypropylene strips measuring approximately 3 millimeters (mm) in width. The fabric weighs 70 g/m2 and a clear coating of polypropylene weighing 30 g/m2 has been applied to this textile product. The combined weight of this merchandise is 100 g/m2. It contains 9 strips per inch in the warp and 7 strips per inch in the filling.

Note 2 to Chapter 59, HTS, defines the scope of heading 5903, under which textile fabrics which are coated, covered, impregnated, or laminated are classifiable. Note 2 states that heading 5903, HTS, applies to:

(A) Textile fabrics, impregnated, coated, covered or laminated with plastics, whatever the weight per square meter and whatever the weight of the plastic material (compact or cellular), other than:

(1) Fabrics in which the impregnation, coating or covering cannot be seen with the naked eye (usually chapter 50 to 55, 58 or 60); for the purpose of this provision no account should be taken of any resulting change of color;

Since the polypropylene coating on this fabric is not visible to the naked eye, it is not classifiable in heading 5903, HTS.

The applicable subheading for the polypropylene woven fabric will be 5407.20.0000, HTS, which provides for woven fabrics of synthetic filament yarn, including woven fabrics obtained from materials of heading 5404, woven fabrics obtained from strip or the like. The duty rate will be 17 percent ad valorem.

This woven fabric falls within textile category designation 620. Based upon international textile trade agreements, products of Romania are subject to visa requirements and quota restrictions.

The designated textile and apparel category may be subdivided into parts. If so, visa and quota requirements applicable to the subject merchandise may be affected. Since 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 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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