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NY A86912

SEP 19, 1996



TARIFF NO.: 4202.32.9550

Mr. David McClees
Talus Corporation
82 Scott Drive
Westbrook, ME 04092

RE: The tariff classification of a trade show badge holder from China

Dear Mr. McClees:

In your letter dated August 22, 1996, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The sample submitted with your request, no item number, is an ID badge holder for use at trade shows as a means of identification. The holder is approximately 5 1/2" x 6 1/2" in size with an adjustable textile cord which allows the user to hang the holder from the neck. This item has three pockets, two in front and one in back. The back pocket is only 2" high and appears appropriate for business cards. The outside front pocket is approximately 4" high and has a clear PVC window, allowing for viewing of the person's ID. The other front pocket is the full length of the holder and is appropriate for holding miscellaneous papers and/or writing implements. The outer surface of this item is composed of nylon fabric and PVC. The nylon imparts the essential character.

The applicable subheading for the badge holder will be 4202.32.9550, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for articles of a kind normally carried in the pocket or in the handbag, with outer surface of textile materials, other, other, of manmade fibers. The rate of duty will be 19.5 per cent ad valorem.

The holder falls within textile category designation 670. Based upon international textile trade agreements, products of China in category 670 are subject to visa requirements.

Your sample is being returned as requested.

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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