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NY A86778

SEP 17, 1996



TARIFF NO.: 4202.12.6000

Ms. Tammy Locke
Wholesale Supply Co., Inc.
P.O. Box 24600
Nashville, TN 37202

RE: The tariff classification of a travel ensemble from Thailand

Dear Ms. Locke:

In your letter dated July 29, 1996 (Rec'd by Customs August 20, 1996), you requested a tariff classification ruling.

No sample was submitted with your request. The item is a three-piece travel ensemble consisting of a pullman suitcase, a soft carry-on bag and a garment cover. The outer surface of all three pieces is composed of 1200 Denier textile blend of 55% Ramie and 45% polyester.

The pullman is 26" x 18" x 8" and has both a carry handle and an injection molded retractable handle mounted on back exterior of the case. The case has rubber molded wheels, three-sided zipper, exterior zipper pocket and removable "add-a-bag" strap.

The soft carry-on is 20 3/4" x 13" x 8" with two zippered interior compartments and one zippered gusseted pocket. The bag has double webbed handles in addition to a removable shoulder strap.

The garment cover is 45" x 24", has webbed handles at either end and zipper access to storage area.

You indicate that these items are imported and sold at retail as a set. This ensemble is considered a set with the essential character imparted by the pullman suitcase.

The applicable subheading for the travel ensemble will be 4202.12.6000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for trunks, suitcases...etc., with outer surface of textile materials, of vegetable fibers and not of pile or tufted construction, other. The rate of duty will be 6.3 per cent ad valorem.

This set falls within textile category designation 870. Based upon international textile trade agreements, products of Thailand in category 870 are subject to visa requirements.

The designated textile and apparel category may be subdivided into parts. If so, visa and quota requirements applicable to the subject merchandise may be affected. Since 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 (Restraints 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 this ruling letter should be attached to the entry documents filed at the time this merchandise is imported. If the documents have been filed without a copy, this ruling should be brought to the attention of the Customs Officer handling the transaction.


Richard A. Barrette
Service/Area Port Director

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