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August 12, 1999

CLA-2-39:RR:NC:SP:222 E85350


TARIFF NO.: 3924.90.5500

Mr. James J. Kelly
Barthco Trade Consultants, Inc.
7575 Holstein Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19153

RE: The tariff classification of a plastic body sponge from China.

Dear Mr. Kelly:

In your letter dated July 22, 1999, on behalf of your client Fine Arts Marketing, Inc., you requested a classification ruling.

The submitted sample is a plastic body sponge. The plastic material is extruded in a mesh-like construction. The mesh is then gathered together with a small stuffed figure in the center. The stuffed figure is made of 100% polyester. The body sponge has a braided cord attached. The sample submitted has a duck figure in the center of the sponge.

The applicable subheading for the plastic body sponge will be 3924.90.5500, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for¬other household articles and toilet articles, of plastics, other, other. The rate of duty will be 3.4 percent 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 Alice Masterson at 212-637-7090.


Robert B. Swierupski

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