CLA-2 CO:R:C:G 087246 ALS
District Director of Customs
127 North Water Street
Ogdensburg, New York 13669
RE: Request for Further Review of Protest 0712-89-000351, dated April 13, 1989,
Dear Mr. Dietzel:
This ruling is on a protest that was filed against your decisions in the
liquidations of January 20, 27(2), February 3(3) and 10(2), 1989.
The articles under consideration are polyamide 6,6 in various forms. The
forms are described in documents of record as:
1. Polyamide 6,6 flake in the form of pellets or flakes,
2. Contaminated polyamide 6,6 flake in the form of pellets or
3. Contaminated nylon ground chunk waste which is further
4. Contaminated nylon polymer fines which are further
described as "almost entirely of a powder of 6,6 nylon"
5. Fused and tangled nylon extrusion wastes which is
further described as solid fused polymer mixed with
undrawn coarse polymer strands.
Although a copy of only one entry was provided with the protest and
although all articles covered by the protest were not entered in each entry being
protested, we understand that the entries being protested, in toto, do cover all
of the above articles.
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We understand that although the articles were liquidated as entered and
the same products imported by other importers were entered and liquidated in the
same manner, the importer is protesting the classification.
We also understand that no samples were included with the protest nor
supplied when requested by the National Import Specialist. We, therefore, have
relied on the description of the articles which was provided by the Canadian
The articles are classifiable under subheading 3908.10.0000, Harmonized
Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (HTSUSA), or 3915.90.0000, HTSUSA,
depending on whether or not they are considered polyamides in primary forms.
All parties agree that one or both of the subheadings are applicable to the
The articles, if an "originating good" imported from Canada, would be
subject to a free rate of duty under subheading 3908.10.0000, HTSUSA, pursuant
to the United States - Canada Free Trade Agreement (FTA). If the articles are
products of Canada, whether or not originating goods under the FTA, and are
classifiable under subheading 3915.90.0000, HTSUSA, they would be free of duty.
The protestant states that the articles are eligible for treatment under
1. Are the articles under consideration polyamide 6,6 in one of its
2. Are the articles under consideration eligible for the benefits of the
LAW AND ANALYSIS:
Classification of merchandise under the HTSUSA is governed by the General
Rules of Interpretation (GRI's) taken in order. GRI 1 provides that the
classification is determined first in accordance with the terms of the headings
and any relative section and chapter notes. If GRI 1 fails to classify the
goods, and if the heading and legal notes do not otherwise require, the remaining
GRI's are applied, taken in order.
In reviewing the headings eligible for classification of the articles, we
noted competing headings in Chapter 39. The appropriate heading for any one of
the articles was found to be - 4
dependent on whether that particular article was polyamide 6,6 in one of its
primary forms or whether it was polyamide 6,6 in another form. We noted that
subheading 3908.10.0000, HTSUSA, provides for several types of polyamides,
including 6,6 in primary forms. We also noted subheading 3915.90.0000, HTSUSA,
provides for waste, parings and scrap, of plastics. The protestant agrees that
these subheadings are applicable to the articles it imported but it does not
agree on the application of a particular subheading to particles articles.
In our analysis of the importer's claim we considered Legal Notes 6 and
7 to Chapter 39, HTSUSA. We found that Heading 3915, HTSUSA, does not apply to
waste, parings and scrap of a single thermoplastic material transformed into
primary forms (heading 3901 to 3914) according to Note 7. We also found that
heading 3908, HTSUSA, covers polyamide in primary forms which are described in
Legal Note 6 as (a) Liquids and pastes, including dispersions (emulsions and
suspensions) and solution and (b) Blocks of irregular shape, lumps, powders
(including molding powders), granules, flakes and similar bulk forms.
The sole question thus appears to be whether each of the various forms of
polyamide 6,6 is a primary form of such polyamide. While the protestant states
that at least some of the articles are not fit for the same uses as other primary
material, because of contaminant and size questions, we find no provision in the
HTSUSA which establishes a requirement that polyamide in any particular form must
be suitable for direct use in the same types of manufacturing processes utilized
for first quality polyamides. The polyamides will ultimately be used for the
same purposes as virgin polyamides.
We considered the description of the 5 products which are covered by the
subject protest and noted that those described under numbers 1-4 in the facts
section hereof are described using the terminology flakes, chunks and powders
which are primary forms, as stated in Legal Note 6. The description of article
number 5 is not sufficiently detailed for us to determine whether this particular
article meets the definition of a primary form. If it does it would be
classified in the manner specified for the other articles. If it does not meet
that definition it would be classified under the subheading covering wastes,
parings and scrap.
The products, however classified, satisfy the requirements of General Note
3(c)(vii)(R)(7)(aa), HTSUSA, which is the rule - 4 -
for determining whether products of headings in Chapter 39, HTSUSA, are
"originating" in the territory of Canada and eligible for treatment under the
FTA. The protestant has submitted Customs Form (CF) 353, Certificate of Origin,
in support of its claim. Since the CF 353 has been submitted and accepted, we
presume that your records confirm that the required change in classification for
eligibility under the FTA has taken place.
Polyamides numbered 1-4, supra, are classifiable under subheading
3908.10.0000, HTSUSA, and polyamide numbered 5, supra, is classifiable under
subheading 3915.90.0000, HTSUSA. Since the rate of duty under the subheadings
indicated above is the same or more than the liquidated rate, you are instructed
to deny the protest in full except as hereafter noted.
Since these articles are goods originating in Canada, in accordance with
the FTA, and the protestant has filed appropriate documentation confirming
compliance with the provisions thereof and section 10.307, Customs Regulations
(19 CFR 10.307), you should reliquidate the protested entries so that the
importer may be given the benefit of the special rate of duty applicable to such
articles which are of Canadian origin. Your action in this regard should be
limited to articles subjected to the general rate of duty and liquidated entries
which have not already been reliquidated to give the importer the benefit of the
A copy of this ruling should be attached to Form 19 Notice of Action
furnished the protestant.
John Durant, Director
Commercial Rulings Division