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NY A86822

September 19, 1996

CLA-2-42:RR:NC:WA:341 A86822


TARIFF NO.: 4202.92.3030; 8518.30.2000

Mr. Richard Miller
Recoton Corporation
2950 Lake Emma Road
Lake Mary, FL 32746

RE: The tariff classification of a waist belt bag and earphones from China.

Dear Mr. Miller:

In your letter dated August 20, 1996 you requested a classification ruling for a waist belt bag and earphones.

You have submitted two samples with your request, identified as "Recoton" product numbers 7321 and 1526B, which consists of a waist belt bag of neoprene with an outer surface of textile materials and a pair of earphones in their individual storage case. You have indicated that the intended use for the belt bag will be to carry a portable cassette player and as a promotional item the earphones will be packaged along with the waist bag for retail sale as a set. However, for classification purposes the waist belt bag and earphones are not considered to be a set and will be classified accordingly. Your samples are being returned as you requested.

The applicable subheading for Item 7321, the waist belt bag of man-made textile material, will be 4202.92.3030, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for travel, sports and similar bags, with outer surface of textile materials, other, of man-made fibers, other. The duty rate will be 19.5 percent ad valorem.

The applicable subheading for Item 1526B, the earphones, will be 8518.30.2000, HTS, which provides for headphones, earphones and combined microphones/speakers sets: other. The duty rate will be 4.9 percent ad valorem.

Items classifiable under 4202.92.3030 falls within textile category designation 670. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of China 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 Kevin Gorman at 212-466-5893.


Roger J. Silvestri

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