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NY B88334

September 8, 1997

CLA-2-62:RR:NC:WA:353 B88334


TARIFF NO.: 6217.10.9530; 6702.10.2000; 6702.90.3500; 9615.19.6000

Ms. Kimberly Carter
Circle International
4711 LeBourget Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63134

RE: The tariff classification of Bridal headpieces from Hong Kong

Dear Ms. Carter:

In your letter dated August 1, 1997, received in our office on August 4, 1997, you requested a classification ruling on behalf of your client Bridal Originals. Samples were submitted for review.

The submitted samples, SP-831, VB-807, VB-816, CA-803 and VB-834 are stated to be fabric covered metal framed headpieces which after arriving into the United States will be combined with a veil to make wedding veils.

Styles VB-816 and VB-834 are circular headpieces worn on top of the head like a wreath and are constructed of man-made woven textile components that resemble flowers. Style VB-807 is a circular headpiece worn on top of the head made up of beaded components that resemble flowers.

Style SP-831 is a sprig that is approximately 3 1/2 inches long, made up of textile components that resemble flowers and has elastic loops on the inside to accommodate a comb. The article is principally used as a hair ornament.

Style CA-803 is a semi-circular headpiece that is made up of three 3/8 inch narrow textile bands decorated with textile in a figure eight pattern and mounted on top of a 2 inch high frame with a textile crisscross pattern. Atop this frame is a grouping of textile component that resemble artificial flowers. We believe that the 2 inch high frame imparts the essential character because of it more prominent appearance.

The applicable subheading for styles VB-816 and VB-834 will be 6702.90.3500, HTS, which provides for: "Artificial flowers, foliage ands fruit and parts thereof; articles made of artificial flowers, foliage or fruit: Of other materials: Other: Of man-made fibers". The rate of duty will be 9 percent ad valorem.

The applicable subheading for style VB-807 will be 6702.10.2000, HTS, which provides for "Artificial flowers, foliage and fruit and parts thereof; articles made of artificial flowers, foliage or fruit: Of plastics:Assembled by binding with flexible materials such as wire, paper, textile materials, or foil, or by gluing or by similar methods". The rate of duty will be 8.4 percent ad valorem.

The applicable subheading for Style SP-831 will be 9615.19.6000, HTS, which provides for "Combs, hair-slides and the like; hairpins, curling pins, curling grips, hair-curlers and the like, other than those of heading 8516, and parts thereof: Combs, hair-slides and the like: Other: Other". The rate of duty will be 11 percent ad valorem.

The applicable subheading for Style CA-803 will be 6217.10.9530, HTS, which provides for "other made up clothing accessories; parts of garments or of clothing accessories, other than those of heading 6212: Accessories: Other: Other: Of man-made fibers". The rate of duty will be 15.2 percent ad valorem.

Style CA-803 falls within textile category designation 659. 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.

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.


Paul K. Schwartz
Chief, Textile & Apparel Branch

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