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NY 818817

February 02, 1996

CLA-2-61:RR:NC:WA:359 818817


TARIFF NO.: 6110.90.9042

Ms. Marla Hammouche
FPA Customs Brokers, Inc.
152-31 134th Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11434-3505

RE: The tariff classification of a woman's sweater from China.

Dear Ms. Hammouche:

In your letter dated January 29, 1996, on behalf of Lai Apparel Design, Inc., you requested a tariff classification ruling.

Style number BM049 is a woman's sweater constructed from 55% ramie, 45% cotton, knit fabric (neck, sleeves, back panel, placket and waistband) and 100% silk, woven fabric (two front panels excluding the neck, placket and waistband). The outer surface of the knit fabric measures less than 9 stitches per 2 centimeters in the horizontal direction. The sweater features a V-neckline; detachable shoulder pads; long sleeves with ribbed cuffs; a full front opening with a 6 button placket; and a ribbed waistband.

Your sample is being returned.

The essential character is imparted by the knit fabric, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), General Rules of Interpretation (GRI) 3(b), noted.

The applicable subheading for the sweater will be 6110.90.9042, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for women's sweaters, knitted: of other textile materials: other. The duty rate will be 6% ad valorem.

The sweater falls within textile category designation 845. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of China are subject to quota restraints 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. 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 (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 Mike Crowley at 212-466-5852.


Roger J. Silvestri

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