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NY 869180

December 5, 1991

CLA-2-56:S:N:N3H:351 869180


TARIFF NO.: 5608.19.2090, 9506.99.6040

Mr. Jose Audero Jr.
Audero Sports Supply Inc.
4935 McConnell Ave., Suite 11
Los Angeles, California 90066

RE: The tariff classification of polyethylene and nylon soccer ball carrying bags from Taiwan

Dear Mr. Audero:

In your letter dated November 7, 1991 you requested a classification ruling.

You have submitted three samples of soccer ball carriers, item numbers 077, 078 and 079, along with a sales brochure describing the items.

Items 077 and 079 are made of knotted polyethylene cord, with a drawstring tie at the top of each bag. Item 077 is designed to carry 8 to 10 balls, and item 079 is designed to carry 3 to 4 balls.

Item 078 is made of knotted nylon cord, has a drawstring tie at the top and is described in the sales brochure as follows: "For carrying one ball. Strong nylon cord. Used by many leagues as a practice tool for players by putting the ball inside and letting the player practice kicking while still holding on to the ball."

The applicable subheading for items 077 and 079 will be 5608.19.2090, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for knotted netting of twine cordage or rope, made up fishing nets and other made up nets, of textile materials of man-made textile materials, other, other. The duty rate will be 10 percent ad valorem.

The individual ball carrier, item 078, will be classifiable under the provision for articles and equipment for gymnastics, athletics, other sports ... or outdoor games, not specified or included elsewhere in this chapter, ..., parts and accessories thereof, other, other, nets not elsewhere specified or included, in subheading 9506.99.6040, HTS. The rate of duty will be 4.64 percent ad valorem.

Items 077 and 079 fall within textile category designation 229. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of Taiwan are subject to quota and the requirement of a visa.

The designated textile and apparel categories 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.

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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