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NY 810982

June 20, 1995

CLA-2-42:S:N:N5:341 810982


TARIFF NO.: 4202.22.1500, 4202.32.20000, 4202.32.4000

Mr. L. Cordova
Karl Schroff & Associates
182-16 149th Rd.
Jamaica, NY, 11413

RE: The tariff classification of a shoulder bag, clutch bag, wallet coin purse, and cigarette purse from China

Dear Mr. Cordova:

In your letter dated May 25, 1995, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

You have submitted five samples of ladies' accessories with your request. The samples are identified as styles 3205FD, a tri- fold wallet, 3201FC, a coin purse with key ring, 3202FC, a cigarette case, 3204FE, a clutch purse and 3200FE, a shoulder bag. Each item is manufactured of plastic sheeting materials and a textile tapestry fabric said to be in chief weight of cotton fibers. Styles 3205FD, 3201FC and 3202FC are of the kind normally carried in a pocket or handbag. Style 3204FC is designed to contain the small personal effects commonly found in a ladies handbag such as cosmetics, keys ( on a key ring or key case ), individual sanitary articles and a wallet. It is also designed to contain seven credit cards, an identification card, a check book cover and has a zippered bill fold section. Style 3200FE is a shoulder bag with separate accessories inserted within. The accessories are a key fob, coin purse and credit card case. The interior side of the flap has a make-up mirror sewn within. Style 3200FE is considered to be classified as a unit as provided by General Rule of Interpretation 3(b). Styles 3200FE, 3201FC, 3205FD and 3204FE are essential character of the plastic sheeting material. Style 3202FC is equally of cotton tapestry and plastic sheeting, therefore the item will be classified according to the tariff number which appears last as provided by General Rule of interpretation 3(c).

The applicable subheading for styles 3201FC and 3205FD will be 4202.32.2000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for articles of a kind normally carried in the pocket or handbag, with outer surface of a sheeting of plastics, other. The duty rate will be 20 percent ad valorem.

The applicable subheading for style 3202FC will be 4202.32.4000 which provides for articles of a kind normally carried in the pocket or handbag with outer surface of textile materials, of vegetable fibers not of pile or tufted construction, of cotton. The rate of duty will be 7.1 percent ad valorem.

The applicable subheading for styles 3200FE and 3204FE will be 4202.22.1500 which provides for handbags, whether or not with shoulder strap, including those without handle, with outer surface of sheeting of plastics. The duty rate will be 19.8 percent ad valorem.

Items classified under 4202.32.4000 fall within textile category designation 369. Based upon international textile trade agreements, products of China are subject to quota and visa 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, 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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