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NY D85007

December 14, 1998

CLA-2-57:RR:NC:TA:349 D85007


TARIFF NO.: 5704.90.0090

Mr. Jerry Packer
Ta Ta Industrial Co., Ltd.
50 King Street
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776

RE: The tariff classification of automobile car mats from China.

Dear Mr. Packer:

In your letter dated November 25, 1998 you requested a classification ruling.

Model T18006, is an automobile car mat set which includes two front mats and two rear mats. The mats are stated to be composed of a 100 percent polyester needleloom felt and rubber. The back portion of the mats feature a non-skid surface. The front mats measure approximately 15-3/4 x 17 inches and the rear mats 18 x 26-1/2 inches. The textile material serves as the exposed surface of the mats when in use.

The applicable subheading for the mats will be 5704.90.0090, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for carpets and other textile floor coverings, of felt, not tufted or flocked, whether or not made up: other... other. The duty rate will be 3.2 percent ad valorem. The duty rate for 1999 will be 2.6 percent ad valorem.

The mats fall within textile category designation 665. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of China 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 John Hansen at 212-466-5854.


Robert B. Swierupski

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