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NY E88489

October 26, 1999

CLA-2-63:RR:NC:TA:349 E88489


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 and dishcloths from China.

Dear Ms. Purvis:

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

You submitted samples of three kitchen towels and two dishcloths. One towel is stated to be made from 55 percent ramie and 45 percent cotton woven terry fabric. The other two towels and dishcloths are stated to be made from 55 percent ramie and 45 percent cotton flat woven fabric. The edges of all three towels are hemmed. The edges of the dishcloths are finished with an overcast stitch. One towel measures 15 x 26 inches. This towel features a basket weave with a green and white square pattern. The second towel is of a waffle weave construction with a pastel multi-colored stripe design. This towel measures 15 x 24 inches. The third towel measures 16 x 27 inches and is woven with terry loops and flat woven sections forming a square pattern. The dishcloths vary in size from 13 to 14 inches square.

The applicable subheading for the three 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.

The applicable subheading for the dishcloths will be 6307.10.2028, HTS, which provides for other made up articles, including dress patterns: floorcloths, dishcloths, dusters and similar cleaning cloths: dish cloths: other. The duty rate will be 7.9 percent ad valorem.

All of the towels fall within textile category designation 899. Both dishcloths fall within category designation 863. 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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