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NY A82705

April 30, 1996

CLA-2-61:RR:NC:5:353 A82705


TARIFF NO.: 6117.80.9040

Ms. Vicki Warren
Circle International, Inc.
6405 East 48th Ave.
Denver, Colorado 80216

RE: The tariff classification of a safety vest from Taiwan.

Dear Ms. Warren:

In your letter dated April 16, 1996, on behalf of National Specialty Lighting, you requested a classification ruling. A sample for examination and will be returned as requested.

The submitted sample is a safety vest consisting of 100% nylon knit fabric with reflector strips with blinking lights. The garment has a front opening with a hook and loop closure and a battery pack attached to the side that causes the blinking lights to activate. The vest is used for roadside safety purposes to provide visibility for workers.

The applicable subheading for the safety vest will be 6117.80.9040, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other made up clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted; knitted or crocheted parts of garments or of clothing accessories: Other accessories: Other, Of man-made fibers: Other. The duty rate will be 15.3 percent ad valorem.

The safety vest falls within textile category designation 659. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of Taiwan 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.

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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