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NY I89351

December 24, 2002

CLA-2-63:RR:NC:TA:349 I89351


TARIFF NO.: 6302.60.0030

Mr. William Ortiz
S. J. Stile Associates Ltd.
181 South Franklin Ave.
Valley Stream, NY 11581

RE: The tariff classification of washcloths from China and Taiwan

Dear Mr. Ortiz:

In your letter dated December 18, 2000 you requested a classification ruling on behalf of Allure Home Creation Co. Inc.

You submitted preproduction samples of three washcloths. All of the cloths are made from 100 percent cotton woven terry fabric. They are hemmed on all four sides and measure approximately 12 inches square. The washcloths are white in color. Item number TBR0W00 is embroidered with white flowers, item number TRD0W00 is embroidered with a yellow duck and item number TSL0W00 is embroidered with a green leaf.

The applicable subheading for the washcloths will be 6302.60.0030, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for bed linen, table linen, toilet and kitchen linen: toilet and kitchen linen, of terry toweling or similar terry fabrics, of cotton other. The duty rate will be 9.3 percent ad valorem. The duty rate will be 9.2 percent ad valorem in 2003.

The washcloths fall within textile category designation 369. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of China and Taiwan are not subject to quota or visa restrictions.

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.USTREAS.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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