February 2, 2001
TARIFF NO.: 5603.94.9090
Ms. June Mullowney The Janel group of New York 150-14 132nd Avenue Jamaica, NY 11434
RE: The tariff classification of a nonwoven wet washing cloth, from Italy.
Dear Ms. Mullowney:
In your letter dated March 27, 2000, on behalf of Joseph Mezzina, Hillsdale, NJ, you requested a classification ruling.
Your sample is being returned per your request.
The product, as described in your correspondence, consists of rectangular washing cloths which will be imported dry. You state that there will be three identical cloths measuring 15.75" x 19.70" which will be put up in 8 1/2" x 12" polypropylene film packaging. These cloths will be folded into 8" x 10" rectangles to fit inside the packaging. You further state that the back of the packaging will be marked with the country of origin (Italy), fiber content (80% rayon/20% polyester) and importer name and address and/or R/N number.
No manufacturing details were furnished, however, it looks as if, from the sample and the Customs lab report, that layers of textile material (staple textile fibers) were superimposed over one another. There are no indications of needle marks, thereby excluding consideration of a needleloom felt. It appears that the fibers were chemically (adhesive) bonded together. In addition, both surfaces have been dyed or print colored blue. The instant sample was informally weighed and was found to weigh approximately 220 grams per square meter.
These cloths, although dry in their packaging, are designed to be thoroughly saturated with water, then wrung out before being used as is or with the addition of a liquid detergent. You state that each cloth is expected to last a few weeks before wearing out and, as such, are considered to be disposable.
The applicable subheading for the cloths will be 5603.94.9090, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for nonwovens, whether or not impregnated, coated, covered or laminated, weighing more than 150g/m², not laminated, other, … of staple fibers. The duty rate will be Free.
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 George Barth at 212-637-7085.
Robert B. Swierupski Director, National Commodity Specialist Division