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NY N015696

August 23, 2007



TARIFF NO.: 6302.60.0030

Joann Hobbs
JA-RU Inc.
4030 Phillips Highway
Jacksonville, Florida 32207

RE: The tariff classification of a compressed washcloth from China.

Dear Ms. Hobbs:

In your letter dated August 7, 2007 you requested a classification ruling.

The submitted sample, item number 91854, referred to as a towel is a compressed washcloth. It is imported compressed into the shape of a heart. The washcloth is made from 100 percent cotton terry fabric. The fabric is printed with a bear, hearts and the phrase “Happy Valentines Day”. All of the edges are finished with an overlock stitch and it has rounded corners. The heart shaped compressed form of the towel measures approximately 2 x 2.25 inches and 3/8 inches in thickness. In its open state the towel measures approximately 12 inches square.

The applicable subheading for the washcloth will be 6302.60.0030, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), which provides for bed linen, table linen, toilet linen and kitchen linen: toilet linen, of terry toweling or similar terry fabrics, of cotton... other. The duty rate will be 9.1 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 washcloth falls within textile category designation 369. With the exception of certain products of China, quota/visa requirements are no longer applicable for merchandise which is the product of World Trade Organization (WTO) member countries. The textile category number above applies to merchandise produced in non-WTO member-countries. Quota and visa requirements are the result of international agreements that are subject to frequent renegotiations and changes. To obtain the most current information on quota and visa requirements applicable to this merchandise, we suggest you check, close to the time of shipment, the “Textile Status Report for Absolute Quotas” which is available on our web site at www.cbp.gov. For current information regarding possible textile safeguard actions on goods from China and related issues, we refer you to the web site of the Office of Textiles and Apparel of the Department of Commerce 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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