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NY A85862

August 13, 1996

CLA-2-62:RR:NC:WA:353 A85862


TARIFF NO.: 6217.10.9050

Mr. William J. LeClair
Trans-Border Customs Services, Inc.
One Trans-Border Drive
P.O. Box 800
Champlain, N.Y. 12919

RE: The tariff classification of an elastic braided belt from Canada

Dear Mr. LeClair:

In your letter dated July 22, 1996 you requested a tariff classification ruling on behalf of your client Accessories By Rae Inc. Of Granby, Quebec, Canada. A sample was submitted for our review.

The submitted sample is textile belt made up from braided narrow fabric. The cords of the braid are made up of cotton with a rubber core which are provided for in HTS 5604, which provides for rubber thread and cord, textile covered. The belt has leather fittings and a brass buckle. It is the textile component of the belt that gives the article its structure and usefulness and thus its essential character.

The applicable subheading for the braided textile belt will be 6217.10.9050, Tariff Schedule of the United States (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. The general rate of duty will be 15.3 percent ad valorem.

The is issue of Canadian country of origin and duty status under NAFTA has been forwarded to the Office of Regulations and Rulings in Washington, D.C. from whom you will receive a reply.

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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