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NY E88486

October 26, 1999

CLA-2-63:RR:NC:TA:349 E88486


TARIFF NO.: 6302.99.2000

Ms. Margaret A. Purvis
Schenker International, Inc.
P.O. Box 19389
Charlotte, NC 28219

RE: The tariff classification of kitchen towels from China.

Dear Ms. Purvis:

In your letter dated October 6, 1999 you requested a classification ruling on behalf of The Leshner Corporation.

The instant samples are blue dish towels. Both towels are stated to be made from 55 percent ramie and 45 percent cotton woven terry fabric. One towel measures 15 x 25 inches. The sides are hemmed and the ends are fringed. The second towel measures 17 x 27 inches and all of the edges are hemmed. Both towels feature terry loops and flat woven sections forming a small square pattern.

The applicable subheading for the towels will be 6302.99.2000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for bed linen, table linen, toilet linen and kitchen linen: other: of other textile materials: other. The duty rate will be 9 percent ad valorem.

Both towels fall within textile category designation 899. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of China are subject to the requirement of a visa.

The designated textile and apparel categories and their quota and visa status are the result of international agreements that are subject to frequent renegotiations and changes. To obtain the most current information, we suggest that you check, close to the time of shipment, the U.S. Customs Service Textile Status Report, an internal issuance of the U.S. Customs Service, which is available at the Customs Web site at www.customs.gov. In addition, 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 and should also be verified at the time of shipment.

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 212-637-7078.


Robert B. Swierupski

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