CLA-2-58:S:N:N3H:351 869140

Ms. Mei Zhang
New Harbor Enterprises, Inc.
3000 Atrium Way, 5th Floor
Horizon Corporate Center
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

RE: The tariff classification of macrame burnt-out lace fabric from China.

Dear Ms. Zhang:

In your letter dated November 19, 1991, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

You have submitted a sample piece of fabric described in your letter as macrame trim. No style or item number was indicated in your letter. The sample is not a real lace. It is an open-work burnt-out lace fabric, which is an embroidered fabric without visible ground. The ground fabric has been removed chemically so that only the embroidery threads remain. The fabric is made from a blend of polyester and cotton fibers. It will be imported in widths of 14 inches in continuous lengths.

The applicable subheading for the macrame trim will be 5810.10.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for embroidery in the piece, in strips or in motifs, embroidery without visible ground. The rate of duty will be 16 percent ad valorem.

The fabric falls within textile category designation 229. Based upon international textile trade agreements, products of China are subject to the requirement of an export license and quota restraints. 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 transaction.


Jean F. Maguire
Area Director
New York Seaport