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NY J86209

July 7, 2003

CLA-2-63:RR:NC:TA:349 J86209


TARIFF NO.: 6304.91.0020

Ms. Rheci Abustan
CHF Industries, Inc.
One Park Avenue
New York, NY 10018

RE: The tariff classification of a table runner from China.

Dear Ms. Abustan:

In your letter dated June 13, 2003 you requested a classification ruling.

The submitted sample is a table runner. The runner is made from 100 percent cotton fabric. The fabric is of a crocheted lace construction. The rectangular runner measures 16 x 36 inches. The edges are scalloped. As requested the sample is being returned.

Table runners are normally classified as table linen; however, the Explanatory Notes, the official interpretation of the HTSUSA at the international level, state the following concerning Heading 6302: These articles are usually made of cotton or flax, but sometimes also of hemp, ramie or man-made fibers, etc.; they are normally of a kind suitable for laundering. They include: (2) Table linen, e.g., table cloths, table mats and runners, tray cloths, table centers, serviettes, tea napkins, sachets for serviettes, doilies, and drip mats. It should be noted, however, that certain articles of the above descriptions (e.g., table centers made from lace, velvet or brocaded materials) are not regarded as articles of table linen; they are usually classified in heading 6304.

The applicable subheading for the runner will be 6304.91.0020, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other furnishing articles, excluding those of heading 9404: other: knitted or crocheted of cotton. The duty rate will be 6.4 percent ad valorem.


The table runner falls within textile category designation 369. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of China are not subject to quota or visa requirements.

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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