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NY J86060

August 1, 2003

CLA-2-63:RR:NC:TA:349 J86060


TARIFF NO.: 6302.60.0020

Mr. Chris Tiwari
Star Customs Brokers, Inc.
102 West End Avenue
Inwood, NY 11096

RE: The tariff classification of a beach towel from China.

Dear Mr. Tiwari:

In your letter dated July 9, 2003 you requested a classification ruling on behalf of Idea Nuova Inc.

The submitted sample, referred to as a Beach Backpack Towel, is a combination beach towel and carry bag. The towel is made from 100 percent cotton terry fabric. One side of the towel is sheared and printed. All of the edges are hemmed. One corner of the towel features pocket that measures approximately 13 x 15 inches. The towel rolls and folds up into this pocket to form a backpack. The backpack has a drawstring closure and textile straps. Unfolded the towel measures 30 x 60 inches. As requested the sample is being returned.

The applicable subheading for the towel will be 6302.60.0020, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for bed linen, table linen, toilet linen and kitchen linen: toilet linen and kitchen linen, of terry toweling or similar terry fabrics, of cotton towels: other. The duty rate will be 9.2 percent ad valorem.

The towel falls within textile category designation 363. 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 Textile Status Report for Absolute Quotas, which is available at our Web site at www.cbp.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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