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NY I82647

June 27, 2002

CLA-2-94:RR:NC:TA:349 I82647


TARIFF NO.: 9404.90.8505

Ms. Nancy Cheung
AFI (California), Inc.
2381 Rosecrans Avenue, #100
El Segundo, CA 90245

RE: The tariff classification of a stuffed blanket from China.

Dear Ms. Cheung:

In your letter dated May 29, 2002 you requested a classification ruling on behalf of Standard Fiber, Inc.

The submitted sample is a “down blanket.” The outer shell is made from 100 percent cotton woven fabric. It is stuffed with a 75 percent down and 25 percent feather filler. The edges are finished with a sateen binding. The instant full sized item measures 80 x 96 inches. The item will be imported in other sizes that include 70 x 90, 90 x 90 and 90 x 104 inches. Although described as a blanket, this item is similar to the stuffed bed coverings of heading 9404.

The applicable subheading for the “down blanket” will be 9404.90.8505, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for mattress supports; articles of bedding and similar furnishing (for example, mattresses, quilts, eiderdowns, cushions, pouffes and pillows) fitted with springs or stuffed or internally fitted with any material or of cellular rubber or plastics, whether or not covered: other: other: other: quilts, eiderdowns, comforters and similar articles with outer shell of cotton. The duty rate will be 13.1 percent ad valorem.

The blanket falls within textile category designation 362. 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 646-733-3043.


Robert B. Swierupski

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