Mr. James I. Bruton
Jim Bruton Inc.
Fremont, NC 27830
RE: The tariff classification of jute cuttings for use in erosion control
markets, from India, Bangladesh or Thailand.
Dear Mr. Bruton:
In your letter dated June 15, 1998, you requested a tariff classification
You describe the item as jute cuttings. They are raw jute as removed from
the jute plant after retting. You state the cuttings will be packaged in bales
and weigh between 100 to 300 kilograms. The primary use for this product is
erosion control. The jute cuttings will be a component part of a mulch mixture
produced by hydromulch manufacturers that will be sprayed over soil to prevent
erosion while vegetation is being established. A sample was
The commercial, common, or technical designation for this product includes
raw jute and jute cuttings.
The applicable subheading for the jute cuttings will be 5303.10.0000,
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for jute
and other textile bast fibers..., raw or processed but not spun; tow and waste
of these fibers, ... jute and other textile bast fibers, raw or retted. The
rate of duty 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 Camille Ferraro at 212-466-5885.
Robert B. Swierupski