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NY E88487

October 26, 1999

CLA-2-63:RR:NC:TA:349 E88487


TARIFF NO.: 6302.31.9010

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

RE: The tariff classification of a pillowcase from China.

Dear Ms. Purvis:

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

The instant sample is a pillowcase. The pillowcase is made from 100 percent cotton woven fabric . One end and one side of the pillowcase are sewn. The open end of the pillowcase features a 4-inch wide hem created by an additional piece of self fabric. The seam at this hem is created to give the appearance of piping. The fabric at the seam is folded to form a pleat. The double row of stitching that forms the seam holds the pleat in place. This pleat is not considered a form of embroidery, edging, trimming or piping. The pillowcase measures 20 x 40 inches.

The applicable subheading for the pillowcase will be 6302.31.9010, HTS, which provides for bed linen, table linen, toilet linen and kitchen linen: other bed linen: of cotton: other: not napped pillowcases, other than bolster cases. The duty rate will be 7.2 percent ad valorem.

The pillowcase falls within textile category designation 360. 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 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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