CLA-2-58:S:N:N6:351 889565

Ms. Cecilia Castellanos
Withrow, Zerwekh & Co.
P.O. Box 368
Wilmington, CA 90748

RE: The tariff classification of four beaded embroidered motifs imported in strip form and one glass beaded fringe, from China.

Dear Ms. Castellanos:

In your letter dated August 16, 1993, on behalf of your client ABM Enterprises, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

You have submitted four samples of fully beaded embroidered motifs imported in strip form, item nos. BT-501, WT-235, WT-222 and WT-237; and one sample of beaded fringe, item no. BF-901. In your letter, item no. BT-501 is described as a gold colored beaded ornament trim with beads and sequins. It measures approximately 3 1/4 inches by 2 1/2 inches. Item no. WT-235 is a black leaf-shaped motif measuring 2 inches by 2 inches. Item no. WT-222 is a bow tie-shaped motif with dangling imitation plastic pearl beads. Item no. WT-227 is a cluster motif with various sizes of imitation plastic pearls sewn on to the ground fabric or dangling. The above four motifs have beads embroidered to their sheer plain woven ground fabrics, which are continuous strips attaching the motifs for the convenience of transportation and to facilitate attachment. The ground fabrics, which are assumed to be of man-made fibers, can be cut without damaging the appliques. Since the motifs can be cut apart and sold separately, they will be classifiable according to their individual character. Item no. BF-901 is a continuous decorative fringe article with dangling glass beads. The fringe is approximately 2 inches long. The glass beads are sewn on to a 3/8 inch wide utilitarian narrow woven fabric for the convenience of transportation. The fabric tape will be completely obscured after the trimming is sewn on to a garment. All five items will be used as decoration on ladies' wearing apparel.


The applicable subheading for item nos. BT-501, WT-235, WT-222 and WT-227 will be 5810.92.0040, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for embroidery in the piece, in strips or in motifs; other embroidery; of man-made fibers; badges, emblems and motifs. The rate of duty will be 8.4 percent ad valorem.

Item no. BF-901 will be classifiable under the provision for glass beads, imitation pearls, imitation precious or semiprecious stones and similar glass smallwares and articles thereof other than imitation jewelry; ...; other; other; in subheading 7018.90.5000, HTS. The rate of duty will be 6.6 percent ad valorem.

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