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HQ 964199

October 19, 2000

CLA-2 RR:CR:TE 964199 SG


TARIFF NO.: 6302.10.0005

Ms. Joanna Cheung
Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office
1520 18th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

RE: Request for reconsideration of classification; Knit Pillowcases; Visa Category 362

Dear Ms. Cheung:

This letter is in response to correspondence from your office, dated May 22, 2000, regarding the classification under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (HTSUSA) of knit pillowcases. A sample of the merchandise was submitted with your request and will be returned under separate cover.


The submitted merchandise is a 100 percent cotton jersey knit pillowcase. The pillowcase is sized to fit a standard bed pillow. The open end of the pillowcase is finished with a strip of knit fabric. The pillowcase is printed with a “Diva”, “Angel” and “Goddess” as well as a “glow in the dark” swirl. The pillowcase is imported from Hong Kong.

The entry of the knit pillowcases was rejected by U.S. Customs on April 26, 2000, for failure to provide the proper visa. On that date, U.S. Customs rejected the merchandise and stated that a visa for Category 362 was required for entry. You disagree with this claim and state that the proper visa category number for the subject knit sheets is 360. You state that visa category number 362 “only covers bedspreads and quilts according to the agreed classification. “


What is the proper classification for the submitted knit pillowcases?


Classification of goods under the HTSUSA is governed by the General Rules of Interpretation (GRIs). GRI 1 provides that classification shall be determined according to the terms of the heading of the tariff schedule and any relative section or chapter notes. In the event that the goods cannot be classified solely on the basis of GRI 1, and if the headings and legal notes do not otherwise require, the remaining GRI may then be applied.

Customs would like to emphasize that classification of goods in the HTSUSA is based on the terms of the headings and not on a comparison of the textile restraint categories. Bed linen are provided for in heading 6302, HTSUSA, and in addition, the HTS provides a statistical breakout for knitted bed linen in subheading 6302.10, HTSUSA.

The Explanatory Notes (EN) to the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, which represent the official interpretation of the tariff at the international level, facilitate classification under the HTSUSA by offering guidance in understanding the scope of the headings and GRI. The EN state in regard to heading 6302, HTSUSA, that “bed linen” includes “sheets, pillowcases, bolster cases, eiderdown cases and mattress covers.” As pillowcases are eo nomine provided for within the provisions of heading 6302, HTSUSA, classification within this heading is proper.

Classification of a good determines the applicable textile category designation. In this case, the applicable textile category designation is 362. You contend that the proper textile category designation should be 360. However, heading 6302, HTSUSA, does have a statistical breakout for knit pillowcases of cotton and the corresponding textile category applicable to these goods is 362.

As you letter requests a waiver of the visa requirements for a number of consignments of pillowcases for which export licenses in Category 360 were issued, we are forwarding a copy of this decision to Mr. Brian Fennessy of the Department of Commerce. He will respond to your directly.


The knit cotton pillowcases are classifiable in subheading 6302.10.0005, HTSUSA, textile category 362, the provision for “Bed linen, table linen, toilet linen and kitchen linen: Bed linen, knitted or crocheted: Of Cotton: Pillowcases and bolster cases.”

The designated textile and apparel category may be subdivided into parts. If so, visa and quota requirements applicable to the subject merchandise may be affected. Since part categories are the result of international bilateral agreements which are subject to frequent renegotiations and changes, to obtain the most current information available, we suggest that you check, close to the time of shipment, the Status Report On Current Import Quotas (Restraint Levels), an internal issuance of the U.S. Customs Service, which is available for inspection at your local Customs office.

Due to the changeable nature of the statistical annotation (the ninth and tenth digits of the classification) and the restraint (quota/visa) categories applicable to textile merchandise, you should contact your local Customs office prior to importation of this merchandise to determine the current status of any import restraints or requirements.


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