United States International Trade Commision Rulings And Harmonized Tariff Schedule
faqs.org  Rulings By Number  Rulings By Category  Tariff Numbers
faqs.org > Rulings and Tariffs Home > Rulings By Number > 1998 NY Rulings > NY C85752 - NY C85808 > NY C85771

Previous Ruling Next Ruling
NY C85771

April 17, 1998

CLA-2-RR:NC:TA:349 C85771


Mr. Michael R. Doram
Creskoff, Doram & Hume L.L.P.
901 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 524
Monterey Park, CA 91754-7608

RE: Classification and country of origin determination for a fleece blanket; 19 CFR 102.21(c)(2); tariff shift

Dear Mr. Doram:

This is in reply to your letter dated March 20, 1998, requesting a classification and country of origin determination for a fleece blanket which will be imported into the United States.


The subject merchandise, referred to as Children's Throw Style A418, is a blanket. The blanket is made from a 100 percent polyester knit fleece fabric. It measures approximately 47 x 60 inches and has rounded corners. The edges of the blanket are finished with an overcast stitch similar to a blanket stitch. The figure of "Winnie the Pooh" is embroidered at one corner. Other blankets will feature different "Disney" characters. You have proposed two different manufacturing scenarios. The manufacturing operations for the blanket are as follows:

Scenario #1
-The fabric is knit.
-The fabric is cut to size and shape.
-The figure is embroidered.
-The cut fabric is shipped to El Salvador.

El Salvador:
-The edges are finished.

Scenario #2
-The fabric is knit.
-The figure is embroidered on the fabric rolls. -The rolls are shipped to El Salvador.

El Salvador:
-The fabric is cut to size and shape.
-The edges are finished.


What are the classification and country of origin of the subject merchandise?


The applicable subheading for the blanket, Style A418, will be 6301.40.0020, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (HTSUSA), which provides for blankets and traveling rugs: blankets (other than electric blankets) and traveling rugs, of synthetic fibers... other. The rate of duty will be 11.2 percent ad valorem. The blanket falls within textile category designation 666.

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.


On December 8, 1994, the President signed into law the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. Section 334 of that Act (codified at 19 U.S.C. 3592) provides new rules of origin for textiles and apparel entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption, on and after July 1, 1996. On September 5, 1995, Customs published Section 102.21, Customs Regulations, in the Federal Register, implementing Section 334 (60 FR 46188). Thus, effective July 1, 1996, the country of origin of a textile or apparel product shall be determined by sequential application of the general rules set forth in paragraphs (c)(1) through (5) of Section 102.21.

Paragraph (c)(1) states that "The country of origin of a textile or apparel product is the single country, territory, or insular possession in which the good was wholly obtained or produced." As the subject merchandise is not wholly obtained or produced in a single country, territory or insular possession, paragraph (c)(1) of Section 102.21 is inapplicable.

Paragraph (c)(2) states that "Where the country of origin of a textile or apparel product cannot be determined under paragraph (c)(1) of this section, the country of origin of the good is the single country, territory, or insular possession in which each of the foreign materials incorporated in that good underwent an applicable change in tariff classification, and/or met any other requirement, specified for the good in paragraph (e) of this section:"

Paragraph (e) in pertinent part states that "The following rules shall apply for purposes of determining the country of origin of a textile or apparel product under paragraph (c)(2) of this section":

HTSUS Tariff shift and/or other requirements

6301-6306 The country of origin of a good classifiable under heading 6301 through 6306 is the country, territory, or insular possession in which the fabric comprising the good was formed by a fabric making process.

As the fabric comprising the blanket is formed in a single country, that is, China, as per the terms of the tariff shift requirement, the country of origin of the blanket, under both manufacturing scenarios, is conferred in China.


The subject fleece blanket is classified in subheading 6301.40.0020, HTSUSA, which provides for knit blankets, of synthetic fibers.

The country of origin of the blanket is China. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of China which fall within textile category designation 666 are subject to quota and the requirement of a visa.

The holding set forth above applies only to the specific factual situation and merchandise identified in the ruling request. This position is clearly set forth in section 19 CFR 177.9(b)(1). This sections states that a ruling letter, either directly, by reference, or by implication, is accurate and complete in every material respect.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Part 177 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 177). Should it be subsequently determined that the information furnished is not complete and does not comply with 19 CFR 177.9(b)(1), the ruling will be subject to modification or revocation. In the event there is a change in the facts previously furnished, this may affect the determination of country of origin. Accordingly, if there is any change in the facts submitted to Customs, it is recommended that a new ruling request be submitted in accordance with 19 CFR 177.2.

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 John Hansen at 212-466-5854.


Robert B. Swierupski

Previous Ruling Next Ruling

See also: