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NY C83784

February 4, 1998

CLA-2-56:RR:NC:TA:351 C83784


TARIFF NO.: 5607.50.4000; 5609.00.4000

Mr. James H. Vogland
400 Riverside Drive
Saint Helens, OR 97051

RE: The tariff classification of braided cordage or rope and articles thereof for mattresses, from either China, Taiwan or Korea.

Dear Mr. Vogland:

In your letter dated January 14, 1998, you requested a classification ruling.

Two representative samples were submitted which you identified as Product #1 and #2. Both materials are of braided cordage, twine or rope of heading 5607.

The first item, Product #1, consists of a braided cordage or rope of nylon man-made fibers that has been further processed to form a mattress handle. It is composed of a compressed core of nonwoven material that has been tightly wrapped with a braided or plaited covering. This item, which measures about 6 inches in length and 1/4 inch in diameter contains a metal fitting affixed to each end.

The second item, Product #2, consists of a tubular braided twine, cordage or rope that is composed of nylon man-made fibers. This braid measures about 1/4 inch in diameter and will be imported in continuous lengths, without fittings, to be secured to mattress springs after importation into the United States.

The applicable subheading for Product #1 will be 5609.00.4000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for articles of twine, cordage or rope, ..., of man-made fibers. The duty rate will be 7.2 percent ad valorem.

The applicable subheading for Product #2 will be 5607.50.4000, HTS, which provides for twine, cordage, ropes and cables, whether or not plaited or braided, ..., of synthetic fibers other than polyethylene or polypropylene, braided or plaited, 5607.50.4000. The duty rate is 5.8 percent ad valorem.

Product #2 falls within textile category designation 669. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of either China, Taiwan or Korea are subject to quota and the requirement of a visa. There are no textile restraints for Product #1.

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.


Robert B. Swierupski

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