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NY K88957

September 10, 2004
CLA-2-96:RR:NC:SP:233 K88957


TARIFF NO.: 9603.90.8050

Ms. Donna L. Bade
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
225 W. Washington Street, Suite 1550
Chicago, IL 60606

RE: The tariff classification of the Swiffer™ Duster from Japan.

Dear Ms. Bade:

In your letter dated August 18, 2004, on behalf of The Procter & Gamble Company, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The item under consideration is The Swiffer™ Duster. The Swiffer™ Duster is a unique cleaning tool designed to clean both large areas as well as hard-to-reach locations with its fluffy, feather-like fiber duster. It is available in two different styles: one with a small, plastic handle, and the other with an extendable, pivoting plastic handle which reaches 3 feet and can be locked into 4 different positions. Both styles are imported in a disassembled state and packaged with disposable dusters. The dusters are made of spunbound and thermal bond nonwoven, airlaid polyethylene/polyethylene terephthalate (PE/PET) tow fibers. The dusters have two long, narrow slots on top which have been heat-sealed to create a seam in which the plastic prongs are inserted when attaching the dusters to the handles. Both the short handle Swiffer™ Duster and the extendable handle Swiffer™ Duster are packaged at the time of import with several disposable dusters. You have attached copies of the marketing materials for both products. You have also submitted samples of both styles of the Swiffer™ Dusters.

The applicable subheading for the Swiffer™ Duster will be 9603.90.8050, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for “Brooms, brushes mops and feather dusters Other Other.” The rate of duty will be 2.8% ad valorem.

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 Lawrence Mushinske at 646-733-3036.


Robert B. Swierupski

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