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NY 865410

August 1, 1991

CLA-2-62:S:N:N3H:354 865410


TARIFF NO.: 6216.00.4600

Ms. Stephanie Bloom
The Glove Source, Inc.
9365 Gerwig Lane
Columbia, MD 21046

RE: The tariff classification of textile ski gloves from China.

Dear Ms. Bloom:

In your letter dated July 22, 1991, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

Your submitted sample, style 1003/1 is a man's glove with a woven textile shell described as 100% nylon. This glove also has textile-backed vinyl palm and thumb reinforcement. In addition, 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 applied knit cuff, a partially elasticized wrist, and a hook and clasp. The wrist is secured by a one inch wide strap with a hook and loop closure through a D-ring. The essential character of this glove is imparted by the textile shell.

Your submitted sample, style 1003/9 is the identical glove to style 1003/1 except it is sized for boys instead of men.

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.

Noting that your gloves are similar in all material respects to the glove before the court, both styles show design for use in alpine skiing.

The applicable subheading for styles 1003/1, 1003/9 will be 6216.00.4600, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for gloves, mittens and mitts: other: of man-made fibers:... 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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