At its upcoming March 19-29 meeting the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized System Committee will consider the creation of a new legal provision within HS Chapter 59 laying down the distinguishing features of laminated textile fabrics in an effort to clarify and standardize their classification.

According to information from the WCO, four points have previously been discussed on this issue.

- the qualification of sheets or film of plastic material by the adjective “preformed”

- the minimum number of layers of textile fabric forming the laminated textile fabric

- the manufacturing processes for laminated textile fabrics

- the visibility of the layer of plastic material to the naked eye in cross-section

However, there has been no agreement yet on these matters. As a result, the HSC will consider next month the following proposed Note 2(a) to HS Chapter 59, with the bracketed text indicating areas of disagreement.

“Textile fabrics laminated with plastics’ means products [consisting of at least two layers] made by the assembly of fabrics [of at least two layers] and [preformed] sheets, film, etc., of plastics which are combined [by heat treatment, by pressure or by a combination of these two processes (or other processes).] [by any process that bonds the layers together.] [The laminated material shall be visible in the cross-section.]”

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