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January 12, 1999

CLA-2-87:RR:NC:MM:101 D86466


TARIFF NO.: 8708.29.5060

Ms. Barbara O. Frennea
Manager-Mobile Division
M.G. Maher & Company, Inc.
82 St. Michael St.
Mobile, Alabama 36602

RE: The tariff classification of a Seat Belt Buddy from China

Dear Ms. Frennea:

In your letter dated January 4, 1999 you requested a tariff classification ruling.

You submitted a sample of the Seat Belt Buddy, a shoulder cushion which attaches to the shoulder strap of automobile lap/shoulder belts. It is made of 65% polyester 35% cotton material and attaches to the shoulder strap by means of Velcro closures. Its purpose is to relieve shoulder strap discomfort in the shoulder/neck area of the body.

The applicable subheading for the Seat Belt Buddy will be 8708.29.5060, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for Parts and accessories of the motor vehicles of 8701 to 88705: Other parts and accessories of bodies (including cabs): Other: Other. The rate of duty will be 2.5% ad valorem.

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 Robert DeSoucey at 212-466-5667.

After January 28, 1999 the telephone number will be changed to 212-637-7035.


Robert B. Swierupski

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