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NY 816172

November 24, 1995

CLA-2-42:RR:NC:N5:341 816172


TARIFF NO.: 4202.22.1500

Mr. Roly Portal
Pronto Cargo Bkrs, Inc.
7330 N.W. 66th Street
Miami, FL 33166-3009

RE: The tariff classification of a handbag with watch from China and/or Hong Kong.

Dear Mr. Portal:

In your letter dated October 23, 1995, on behalf of Excel Handbags Co., Inc., you requested a tariff classification ruling for a handbag with watch.

The sample submitted, identified as buyer's style 473 and manufacturer style 7365, is a handbag composed of PVC vinyl with a permanently affixed watch on the exterior flap closure. For classification purposes the handbag with watch will be done as an entirety. The handbag measures approximately 6 1/4" x 5 3/4" with 3" gussets. The item features a pvc carry handle, in addition to a removable shoulder strap with dog-leash type fasteners. Your sample is being returned as you requested.

The applicable subheading for Style 473/7365, the handbag of PVC vinyl with the watch flap, will be 4202.22.1500, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for handbags, whether or not with shoulder strap, including those without handle, with outer surface of sheeting of plastic. The rate of duty will be 19.6 percent ad valorem.

Your reference to the country of origin marking noted. Section 304 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended provides that, unless excepted, every article of a foreign origin imported into the United States shall be marked in a conspicuous place as legibly, indelibly, and permanently as the nature of the article will permit, in such a manner as to indicate to the ultimate purchaser in the United States the English name of the country of origin of the article. We suggest that the handbag be marked with a sewn-in fabric label which reads "Made in China" into the top inside seam.

Watches, whether imported separately or attached to an article, are required to be marked in accordance with the special marking requirements specified in chapter, 91, U.S. Note 4, HTS, and they must be marked to indicate the name of the country of origin as required by section 304 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1304). Section 304 requires that the dial or back of case be marked to indicate the country of origin of the movement.

U.S. Note 4, chapter 91, requires that the case be die sunk or engraved with country of origin of case and name of manufacturer or importer. The movement must be die sunk or engraved with country of origin of movement and name of manufacturer or importer.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Section 177 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 177).

A copy of the ruling or the control number indicated above should be provided with the entry documents filed at the time this merchandise is imported. If you have any questions regarding the ruling, contact National Import Specialist Kevin Gorman at 212-466-5893.


Roger J. Silvestri

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