In another letter, to Carlisle Food Service Products of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, dated June 26, 2013, CBP ruled (Binding Ruling N242799) that a finely ground textile dust used as absorbent for industrial spills is classifiable at 5601.30.0000, HTSUS. The submitted sample is a product called SpillEater™ in its retail packaging, which is similar to a half-gallon milk container and contains two pounds (.91 kg) of the finely ground powder. It is described as a natural spill absorbent for industrial spills such as oils, turpentine, certain acids, and the like. The material safety data sheet states that it is “96% USDA Certified Bio Based Agricultural Plant Fiber and 4% Natural Crop Field Earth Ground to Specified Mesh.” In a telephone conversation Carlisle Food Service Products confirmed to CBP that the plant fiber is cotton fibers, not stem or stalk.
In both cases the textile product is question will be duty-free.