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NY K89873

October 1, 2004

CLA-2-59:RR:NC:TA:350 K89873


TARIFF NO.: 5911.40.0000

Mr. Martin W. Dooley
Multimodal International Limited
2100 East Devon Avenue, Suite C
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

RE: The tariff classification of nonwoven filtration media, for use in the automobile industry, from Japan.

Dear Mr. Dooley:

In your letter dated September 27, 2004, on behalf of Toyota Tsusho America, Inc., Maryville, TN, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The instant sample, identified as product number PD643311-1200, consists of a woven open mesh fabric formed of polyolefin plastic filaments measuring less than 1 mm in diameter, which is considered to be textile for tariff purposes. This fabric or scrim has been enveloped on both sides with a lightweight nonwoven fabric which is composed of a polypropylene/polyester man-made fiber blend. This material will be used as an integral component in passenger compartment air intake filter media, for the purpose of removing hydrocarbons. Your letter indicates that this material weighs 101 g/m² and will be imported as roll goods measuring 634.5 mm in width and 100 meters in length. The following technical weight breakdown was submitted:

Wt. Of Polypropylene: 34.7%
Wt. Of Polyester: 9.9.0%
Wt. Of Polyolefin 55.4%

The applicable subheading for the product will be 5911.40.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for textile products and articles, for technical uses, straining cloth of a kind used in oil presses or the like. The rate of duty will be 8 percent ad valorem. While your letter indicates that this material may be imported in other widths, this will not affect the classification as shown above.

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 Deborah Walsh at 646-733-3044.


Robert B. Swierupski

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