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NY 853840

July 19, 1990

CLA-2-62:S:N:N3H:354 853840


TARIFF NO.: 6216.00.3400

Ms. Cynthia Friedel
The Glove Source
9365 Gerwig Lane
Columbia, MD 21046

RE: The tariff classification of a textile ski glove from Korea.

Dear Ms. Friedel:

In your letter dated June 22, 1990, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

Your submitted sample, style 299-043, is a mid-cuff glove with a woven textile shell described as being of 20% polyester and 80% cotton. This glove also has leather palm and thumb reinforcement. This glove has an additional layer of foam padding and internal textile-backed vinyl reinforcement across the back of the knuckles, a waterproof interliner, an elasticized wrist, and a hook and clasp. The back of the cuff has a closed side vent. A 2 3/4 inch wide strap with a hook and loop fastener extends from the seam across the cuff. The placement and construction of this strap are so designed that, in the event of a fall, snow will not enter between the glove and jacket.

In the case of Stonewall Trading Company v. United States, 64 Cust. Ct. 482, C.D. 4023 (1970), the Customs Court held that certain vinyl gloves were properly classifiable under the provision for other ski equipment, in item 734.97, TSUS (now provided for in various U.S. subheadings). These gloves were found to have the following characteristics:

1. a hook and clasp to hold the gloves together;

2. an extra piece of vinyl stitched along the thumb portion to meet the stress caused by the flexing of the knuckles when the skier grasps the ski pole;
3. an extra piece of red colored vinyl with padding reinforcement and inside stitching, which is securely stitched across the middle of the glove where the knuckles bend and cause stress;

4. cuffs with an elastic gauntlet to hold the gloves firm around the wrist, so as to be waterproof, and to keep it securely on the hand.

With respect to the internal piece of textile-backed vinyl across the back of the knuckles, we note the vinyl is of sufficient strength and thickness to meet the requirements of the court case because the vinyl faces the outer surface (shell) of the glove.

Noting that your mitten is similar to the glove before the court as well as advertising and sale of this glove, this style shows design for use in alpine skiing.

The applicable subheading for the ski glove, style 299-043, will be 6216.00.3400, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for gloves, mittens and mitts: other: of cotton: ski or snowmobile gloves, mittens and mitts. The rate of duty will be 5.5 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

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