TARIFF NOS.: 4818.40.4060; 6108.92.0030; 6212.10.2010;
K&K Import/Export Company
6417 Western Avenue
Whittier, CA 90606
RE: The tariff classification of nursing pads, lounging robe and
brassieres from Japan.
Dear Mr. Gonzales:
In your letter dated July 17, 1990, you requested a
The sample brassiere marked A is constructed of 100% cotton
knit material. The crop styled garment features a hook and loop
fabric adjustable closure at the overlapping front, 2 1/4 inch
wide shoulder straps and decorative edging on the arm holes and
neckline. The garment also has knitted net-like pockets sewn
inside each cup to hold nursing pads. Sample B is similar to
style A except it is constructed from 100% nylon knit material
and has lace-like raschel knit openwork on the front neckline.
Sample C is wrap around lounging robe composed of nylon knit
material. The upper portion of this garment is designed like
style B with a front hook and loop closure. The bottom portion
of this knee length garment features lace-like raschel knit
openwork along the hem which extends along the visible half of
the vertical side opening. Two sets of fabric ties are used to
secure the opening. The sample marked D is a disposable nursing
pad. The circular pad is a multi-layered product, about 11cm in
diameter. One outer layer appears to be pink tissue paper lined
with plastic film, while the other appears to be a non-woven
textile fabric. Our laboratory has determined that the center
layers, which provide the main absorptive function of the
article, are circular sheets of white paper.
The applicable subheading for sample A will be 6212.10.2010,
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which
provides for brassieres, girdles, corsets, braces, suspenders,
garters and similar articles and parts thereof, whether or not
knitted or crocheted: brassieres: other... of cotton. The duty
rate will be 18 percent ad valorem.
The applicable subheading for sample B will be 6212.10.2020,
(HTS), which provides for brassieres, girdles, corsets, braces,
suspenders, garters and similar articles and parts thereof,
whether or not knitted or crocheted: brassieres: other... of man-
made fibers. The duty will be 18 percent ad valorem.
The applicable subheading for sample C will be 6108.92.0030,
(HTS), which provides for Women's or girls' slips, ... dressing
gowns and similar articles, knitted or crocheted: other: of man-
made fibers. The duty rate will be 17 percent ad valorem.
The applicable subheading for sample D will be 4818.40.4060,
(HTS), which provides for sanitary articles similar to sanitary
napkins and tampons, diapers and diaper liners, of paper. The
duty rate will be 5.3 percent ad valorem.
Sample A falls within textile category designation 349,
sample B in category 649 and sample C in category 650. Based
upon international textile trade agreements, products of Japan
are subject to visa requirements.
The designated textile and apparel category may be
subdivided into parts. If so, visa and quota requirements
applicable to the subject merchandise may be affected. Since
part categories are the result of international bilateral
agreements which are subject to frequent renegotiations and
changes, to obtain the most current information available, we
suggest that you check, close to the time of shipment, the
Status Report On Current Import Quotas (Restraint Levels), an
internal issuance of the U.S. Customs Service, which is available
for inspection at your local Customs office.
This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Section
177 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 177).
A copy of this ruling letter should be attached to the entry
documents filed at the time this merchandise is imported. If the
documents have been filed without a copy, this ruling should be
brought to the attention of the Customs officer handling the
Jean F. Maguire
New York Seaport