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NY 855950

CLA-2-56:S:N:N3H:351 855950


TARIFF NOS.: 5607.49.2500; 5607.49.1500

Mr. Alvaro Coelho
Trinidad Ropeworks Limited
Lot 1A, O'Meara Industrial Estate
Arima, Trinidad, West Indies

RE: The tariff classification twisted 3-strand polypropylene rope from Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies.

Dear Mr. Coelho:

In your letter dated August 29, 1990, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

You have submitted two samples of your "Palm Brand" monofilament and split film polypropylene ropes. The ropes are twisted 3-strand cordage, and they are not made of wide nonfibrillated strips. They will be imported in sizes ranging from 3/16 (0.187) inch to 3 inches in diameter, and we assume that the ropes will be in continuous lengths. In your previous letter to our office dated July 25, 1990, you described both polypropylene rope and twine. However, we cannot rule on the twine without samples.

The applicable subheading for the rope measuring 4.8mm (0.188976 inch) or more in diameter will be 5607.49.2500, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for twine, cordage, ropes and cables, ..., of polyethylene and polypropylene, other, other, not braided or plaited, other. The rate of duty will be 27.6 cents per kilogram plus 15 percent ad valorem.

The cordage measuring less than 4.8mm (0.188976 inch) in diameter will be classifiable under the provision for twine, cordage, ropes and cables, ..., of polyethylene or polypropylene, other, other, not braided or plaited, measuring less than 4.8mm in diameter, in subhead- ing 5607.49.1500, HTS. The rate of duty will be 8 percent ad valorem. The cordage falls within textile category designation 201. Based upon international textile trade agreements, products of Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies are subject to the requirement of a visa.

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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