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NY A84025

June 5, 1996

CLA-2-61:K:TC:B6:I15 A84025


TARIFF NO.: 6110.20.2020

Mr. Robert T. Stack
Siegel, Mandell & Davidson, P.C.
Counselors At Law
One Astor Plaza
1515 Broadway, 43rd Floor
New York, NY 10036-8901

RE: The tariff classification of a woman's knit sweater vest from Hong Kong.

Dear Mr. Stack:

In your letter dated May 22, 1996, you requested a classification ruling on behalf of Liz Claiborne, Inc. located at One Claiborne Avenue, North Bergen, New Jersey 07047.

The submitted sample, identified by style number 26660285, is a woman's sweater vest composed of 100% cotton knit fabric. The major portions of the front and back panels are constructed from double knit multi-colored fabric which contains fewer than nine stitches per 2 centimeters measured in the horizontal direction. The collar and side portions of the front and back panels are constructed from 2x2 rib knit solid black fabric which contains more than nine stitches per 2 centimeters measured in the horizontal direction. The essential character is imparted by the sweater knit portions.

The sleeveless garment features a shirt collar, full front opening with a zippered closure, oversized armholes with a significant drop, side seams, and a hip-length bottom. The neckline, armholes, placket and bottom have capped finishes. The sample which has been submitted with your inquiry will be returned as requested.

The applicable subheading for the sweater vest will be 6110.20.2020, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, which provides for sweaters, pullovers, sweatshirts, waistcoats (vests) and similar articles, knitted or crocheted: of cotton: other, other: sweaters: womens'. The duty rate will be 19.9% ad valorem.

The sweater vest falls within textile category designation 345. As a product of Hong Kong, this merchandise is subject to export license requirements and quota restraints based upon international textile trade agreements.

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, 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 Part 177 of the Customs Regulations.

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.


Thomas Mattina

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