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NY J87852

August 21, 2003

CLA-2-63:RR:NC:TA:349 J87852


TARIFF NO.: 6302.93.1000

Ms. Cheryl Santos
One CVS Drive
Woonsocket, RI 02895

RE: The tariff classification of a bath sponge from China.

Dear Ms. Santos:

In your letter dated August 5, 2003 you requested a classification ruling.

The instant sample, identified as CVS item number 238513, is a bath sponge. The overall component breakdown of the bath sponge is stated to be 20 percent nylon, 40 percent foam, 10 percent cotton and 30 percent polyester. The bath sponge is comprised of a foam sponge encased in textile fabric. One side is made from a predominately man-made fiber knit terry fabric and the other side is made from a predominately man-made fiber knit pile fabric. The terry side goes against the hand and is secured by a terry strap. The textured pile side is used to scrub the body. The bath sponge measures approximately 4.5 x 6 inches and 2 inches in thickness. This item is used in bathroom during bathing. As requested the sample is being returned..

The applicable subheading for the exfoliating bath sponge will be 6302.93.1000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for bed linen, table linen, toilet linen and kitchen linen: other: of man-made fibers: pile or tufted construction. The duty rate will be 6.3 percent ad valorem.

The bath sponge falls within textile category designation 666. 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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