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NY A82389

April 18, 1996

CLA-2-62:RR:NC:5:353 A82389


TARIFF NO.: 6205.30.2070; 6206.40.3030; 9902.98.0400

Mr. Jin Lee
Lee Company
137 Eucalyptus Dr.
El Segundo, CA 90245

RE: The tariff classification of a men's and women's uniform shirt for the '96 Atlanta Olympic Games from Hong Kong.

Dear Mr. Lee:

In your letter dated April 10, 1996, on behalf of Global Master Apparel, you requested a classification ruling. A sample men's uniform shirt was submitted for examination with your request.

.. The sample submitted is a men's uniform shirt made from what is stated to be of 65% polyester and 35% woven cotton fabric that will be worn by security guards at the 1996 Olympic Games at Atlanta, GA. The garment has short sleeves, a breast pocket on each side, epaulets on the shoulders, sewn military creases, a pointed collar and buttons down the front. On the inside left shoulder is a self fabric strap and on each sleeve is an Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games Security emblem.

You have stated in your letter that the uniforms are not intended for sale and are for use by security personnel at the Olympic games and as such distribution by Olympic committee will be highly restrictive. You also state that the importer has been authorized by the Olympic committee to manufacture these uniform shirts.

The applicable subheading for the 96 Atlanta Olympic men's security uniform shirt will be 6205.30.2070, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for Men's or boys' shirts: Of man-made fibers: Other: Other... Other: Other: Men's. The duty rate will be 30.5 cents/kg + 27.2% ad valorem.

The applicable subheading for the 96 Atlanta Olympic women's security uniform shirt will be 6206.40.3030, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for Women's or girls blouses, shirts and shirt-blouses: Of Man-made fibers: Other: Other.... Other: Women's. The duty rate will be 28.4 percent ad valorem.

The shirt falls within textile category designation 640. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of Hong Kong 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. 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.

Effective on or before 11/30/96, subheading 9902.98.0400 Harmonized Tariff of the United States (HTS) provides for articles not intended for sale or distribution to the public for the XXVI Summer Olympiad. Such articles are eligible for duty free treatment in compliance will all applicable regulations. Also effective May 2, 1994, ending prior to November 30, 1996, textile and apparel products properly classified under HTS 9902.98.0400 are exempt from quota\visa requirements. This HTS number is restricted to those articles which qualify fro classification number 9902.98.0400.

The men's and women's security guard uniform shirts, if in conformity with the requirements of HTS 9902.98.0400, will be eligible for duty free treatment and will be exempt from quota or visa requirements.

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 Martin Weiss at 212-466-5881.


Roger J. Silvestri

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