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HQ 088959

June 26, 1991

CLA-2 CO:R:C:T 088959 PR


TARIFF NO.: 6211.43.0060

Mr. Khem Lall
R.H. Macy Corporate Buying
11 Penn Plaza
New York, New York 10001-2006

RE: Classification of a Woman's Pullover Garment-- Blouse vs. Tank Top

Dear Mr. Lall:

This is in reply to your letter of March 5, 1991, concerning the classification of a woman's garment, a sample of which was submitted. Our ruling on the matter follows.


The submitted sample is a sleeveless woven man-made fiber tank-style pullover garment. The garment has a U-shaped neckline; extends below the waist; has front and rear panels which taper upward to approximately 1- inches wide at the shoulder where they join; and a rounded hemmed bottom.


The issue presented is whether the sample is classifiable as a blouse or as a top.


Imported goods are classifiable according to the General Rules of Interpretation (GRI's) of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUSA). GRI 1 provides that for legal purposes, classification shall be determined according to the terms of the headings in the tariff and according to any pertinent section or chapter notes.

Heading 6206, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (HTSUSA), provides for, among other things, women's woven blouses. This office has previously ruled that garments almost identical to the sample were precluded from classification under Heading 6206 because of the limited shoulder
coverage they provide the wearer. Those garments were held to be classifiable as other garments not otherwise specified, in Heading 6211, HTSUSA (e.g. HRL 088789, June 4, 1991; HRL 0877530, dated November 9, 1990; HRL 087034, July 31, 1990).

In accordance with the cited rulings, the submitted sample falls within the purview of subheading 6211.43.00, HTSUS, as other garments of man-made fibers. HRL 088789 contains the following information concerning the classification of these type garments.

Various statistical annotations appear under subheading 6211.43.00, HTSUSA. The statistical annotations are present primarily for the collection of data with respect to goods imported into the Customs territory of the United States. This data information is utilized in the process of negotiating our bilateral textile agreements. The statistical annotation, 6211.43.0060, which reads "Blouses, shirts and shirt-blouses is intended to capture certain upper body garments excluded from heading 6206 including garments such as the one at issue here. While the language of the statistical annotation would appear to conflict with our determination that for tariff purposes this garment is not a blouse, the language at the statistical level is provided as a convenience and as we point out in rulings, the statistical annotations in the tariff are subject to change. Based on the intended coverage of the textile category number which appears at the statistical annotation as expressed to Customs by the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, the subject garment is classified in the statistical annotation for "Blouses, shirts and shirt-blouses excluded from heading 6206". We anticipate a change in the language of the statistical annotation to eliminate the apparent conflict which has arisen in this case.


The submitted sample are classifiable under the provision for other (not otherwise specified) women's woven garments, in subheading 6211.43.0060, HTSUSA, with duty at the rate of 17 percent ad valorem. The designated textile and apparel category applicable to this merchandise is 641.

Due to the changeable nature of the statistical annotation (the ninth and tenth digits of the classification) and the restraint (quota/visa) categories applicable to textile merchandise, you should contact your local Customs office prior to importation of this merchandise to determine the current status of any import restraints or requirements.

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.


John Durant, Director

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