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NY B86340

September 3, 1997

CLA-2-14:RR:NC:2:228 B86340


TARIFF NO.: 1404.90.0000

Mr. Michael Moretti
Venture Link USA, Inc.
13101 Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066-5125

RE: The tariff classification of a vegetable fiber sponge from Japan

Dear Mr. Moretti:

In your letter dated June 3, 1997 you requested a tariff classification ruling.

A sample, submitted with your letter, was examined and disposed of. "Tsuya-no-Tama" is described as a facial sponge made of fibers from the tubers of the plant Amorphophallus konjac. The sample is a dry, rigid, white-colored article, rectangular in shape with rounded corners, and measures three inches long, two inches wide, and one inch thick. A small hole has been bored through the sponge, through which a thin string was inserted and tied, forming a loop that may be used to hang the product to dry after use.

The applicable subheading for this product will be 1404.90.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included...other. The rate of duty will be free.

The importation of this merchandise may be subject to restrictions imposed by the United States Department of Agriculture and/or Food and Drug Administration. It is suggested you contact these agencies directly for further information.

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 Stanley Hopard at 212-466-5760.


Gwenn Klein Kirschner
Chief, Special Products Branch

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