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NY G83176

October 25, 2000

CLA-2-57:RR:NC:TA:349 G83176


TARIFF NO.: 5703.90.0000

Ms. Maria Da Rocha
D & D Customhouse Brokerage
570 North Broad Street, Suite 13
Elizabeth, NJ 07208

RE: The tariff classification of a bath mat from Taiwan.

Dear Ms. Da Rocha :

In your letter dated September 30, 2000 you requested a classification ruling on behalf of Tristar Products.

You submitted a sample of a bath mat. The mat is made from cotton yarns tufted into a non-woven base and laminated to a non-slip rubber bottom. The rectangular mat measures approximately 16 x 22 inches. As requested the sample is being returned.

The applicable subheading for the bath mat will be 5703.90.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for carpets and other textile floor coverings, tufted, whether or not made up: of other textile materials. The duty rate will be 5.3 percent ad valorem.

Subheading 5703.90.0000, HTS, is currently assigned a textile category designation and items classified therein are not subject to quota or visa requirements.

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, 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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