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NY A88938

November 6, 1996

CLA-2-59:RR:NC:TP:350 A88938


TARIFF NO.: 5903.20.2500

Ms. Jennie Feng
Fabtex Inc.
1980 Wright Avenue
La Verne, CA 91750

RE: The tariff classification of a polyurethane plastic coated textile fabric (apparel type material), from Taiwan.

Dear Ms. Feng:

In your letter dated October 22, 1996, you requested a classification ruling.

The instant sample, identified as style #BIRDEYE, consists of a 100% antron nylon man-made fiber filament fabric (70Dx70D/194T, 114x80) that has been dyed a uniform single color. This fabric has been woven with a dobby pattern and then lightly coated on one surface with an opaque and compact polyurethane plastics material. This coating is in sufficient amount to be visible to the naked eye. A durable water repellency treatment has also been applied to one surface. You provided the following weight specifications that were not verified by the New York Customs laboratory:

Wt. of textile: 50.2g/m2 (77.6%) Wt. of PU plastic: 14.5g/m2 (22.4%) Total wt.: 64.70g/m2(100%)

The applicable subheading for the material will be 5903.20.2500, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for textile fabrics impregnated, coated, covered or laminated with plastic, with polyurethane, of man-made fibers, not over 70 percent by weight of rubber or plastics. The duty rate will be 8.3 percent ad valorem.

This merchandise falls within textile category designation 229. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of Taiwan 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 Part 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 George Barth at 212-466-5884.


Roger J. Silvestri

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