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NY A87907

October 15, 1996

CLA-2-85:RR:NC:1: 112 A87907


TARIFF NO.: 8531.80.8040; 4202.32.9550

Mr. Jack D. Milawski
Galvin & Milawski
440 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016-8067

RE: The tariff classification of the "PurseGuard" from China

Dear Mr. Milawski:

In your letter dated September 16, 1996, on behalf of Zelco Industries, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

As indicated by the submitted sample, the "PurseGuard" is an alarm device used in conjunction with a purse. It consists of a small circular plastic housing, containing the alarm, with a metal hangar attached at the top. In use, the alarm is placed at the edge of a table with the hangar protruding underneath and the user hooks the strap of the purse onto the hangar. The alarm device is pressure activated and will beep when the purse is removed from the hangar. A carrying case for the "PurseGuard" is also included.

The applicable subheading for the "PurseGuard" will be 8531.80.8040, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for other electrical sound signaling apparatus. The rate of duty will be 2.1 percent ad valorem. The applicable subheading for the carrying case will be 4202.32.9550, HTS, which provides for other articles of a kind normally carried in the pocket or in the handbag, with outer surface of textile material, other, of man-made fibers. The rate of duty will be 19.5 percent ad valorem. The carrying case 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.

You have also requested a ruling as to whether the indicated marking is acceptable. Although both the packing and the "PurseGuard" are marked with the country of origin, the carrying case is not. We cannot determine how these items will be packaged at the time of importation, so we are unable to determine if the marking on the "PurseGuard" will be conspicuous and legible to the ultimate purchaser. We suggest that you submit a separate request for a marking ruling and include a sample of the "PurseGuard" as it will be packaged for retail sale.

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 David Curran at 212-466-5680.


Roger J. Silvestri

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