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NY L89137

December 27, 2005

CLA-2-63:RR:NC:N3:349 L89137


TARIFF NO.: 6302.60.0010; 6302.91.0045

Ms. Susan Lagay Kay
Franco Manufacturing Company, Inc.
555 Prospect Street
Metuchen, NJ 08840-2293

RE: The tariff classification of kitchen towels from China.

Dear Ms. Lagay Kay:

In your letter dated December 6, 2005 you requested a classification ruling.

The submitted samples are kitchen towels. The woven towels will be made from 100 percent cotton. The construction of the towels will either be terry or waffle weave. They measure 16 x 26 inches and all of the edges are hemmed. The face of the terry towels will either be printed or appliquéd with various designs that include vegetables, fruits, flowers, birdhouse, baking and coffee. One end of the waffle towel features a swirled embroidered pattern. Matching potholders and tie towels will be imported separately.

The applicable subheading for the terry towels will be 6302.60.0010, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), which provides for bed linen, table linen, toilet linen and kitchen linen: toilet linen and kitchen linen, of terry toweling or similar terry fabrics, of cotton towels: dish. The duty rate will be 9.1 percent ad valorem.

The applicable subheading for the waffle weave towel will be 6302.91.0045, HTS, which provides for bed linen, table linen, toilet linen and kitchen linen: other: of cotton... other: towels: other: dish. The duty rate will be 9.2 percent ad valorem.     

Duty rates are provided for your convenience and are subject to change. The text of the most recent HTSUS and the accompanying duty rates are provided on World Wide Web at http://www.usitc.gov/tata/hts/.

The terry kitchen towels fall within textile category designation 369. The waffle weave kitchen towel falls within textile category designation Quota and visa status are the result of international agreements that are subject to frequent renegotiations and changes. To obtain the most current information as to whether quota and visa requirements apply to this merchandise, we suggest that you check, close to the time of shipment, the “Textile Status Report for Absolute Quotas” available at our web site at www.cbp.gov. In addition, you will find current information on textile import quotas, textile safeguard actions and related issues at the web site of the Office of Textiles and Apparel, at otexa.ita.doc.gov.

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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