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NY K84490

April 22, 2004
CLA-2-57:RR:NC:TA:349 K84490


TARIFF NO.: 5705.00.2030; 5703.20.2090; 5705.00.2030

Mr. Robert C. Thompson
Byrnes Logistics
P.O. Box 90595
Los Angeles, CA 90009

RE: The tariff classification of various rugs from China.

Dear Mr. Thompson:

In your letter dated March 22, 2004 you requested a classification ruling on behalf of G.A. Gertmenian & Sons.

The submitted samples, identified as items # 1 - 4, are rugs. Item # 1 (reference number AFC-09) is a fake fur rug that measures 24 x 36 inches. You state that the knit pile face of the rug is made from polyethylene. It is backed with a cotton woven fabric that contains anti-slip dots.

Item # 2 (reference number M51035-40 and quality R950) is a tufted rug. The rug’s pile surface is produced by inserting nylon yarns into a pre-existing polyethylene base fabric that has been coated with a textured backing. The rug measures 19 x 32 inches. The face of the rug is carved and printed.

Item # 3 (checkers/M0394-51 and quality D300) measures approximately 39 x 32 inches. It is constructed in the same manner as item # 2.

Item # 4 (corkscrew) is a rug made from 60 percent acrylic and 40 percent polyester yarns. The yarns are stitched to a non-woven base fabric that has been coated with latex. A non-woven backing cloth with anti-slips dots is attached to the base fabric. This rug measures 22 x 34 inches.

In your letter you suggest that item # 1 is classifiable under subheading 5702.10.90, HTS. Item # 1 is of a knit pile construction and not a hand woven construction. You also suggest that item #’s 2 and 3 fall under subheading 5705.00.2030, HTS. Both items are of a tufted construction and are specifically provided for in heading 5703, HTS. You also suggest that item # 4 falls under subheading 5702.10.9030, HTS. Item # 4 is not of a woven, knitted or tufted construction.

The applicable subheading for items # 1 and 4 will be 5705.00.2030, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other carpets and other textile floor coverings, whether or not made up: other... of man-made fibers. The rate of duty will be 3.3 percent ad valorem.

The applicable subheading for items # 2 and 3 will be 5703.20.2090, HTS, which provides for carpets and other textile floor coverings, tufted, whether or not made up: of nylon or other polyamides: other other. The rate of duty will be 6.7 percent ad valorem.

All of the rugs fall within textile category designation 665. 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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