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NY A89629

DEC 3, 1996



TARIFF NO.: 4202.92.3020

Mr. Leo Sarmiento
Trans-Border Customs Services, Inc.
Bldg. #80, Rm. 228
JFK Int'l Airport
Jamaica, NY 11430

RE: The tariff classification of a novelty backpack from China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh or Vietnam.

Dear Mr. Sarmiento:

In your letter dated November 19, 1996, you requested a tariff classification ruling on behalf of Gurman Industries, Canada.

The sample submitted with your request, style K0757, Boxing Teddy Knapsack, is a novelty backpack. The backpack in the shape of a 16" long teddy bear has a storage compartment accessible from the back with a zipper closure. The pack has two web straps for carrying over the shoulders. The bear is wearing boxing gloves and shorts. The outer surface is of manmade textile materials.

The applicable subheading for style K0757 will be 4202.92.3020, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for travel, sports and similar bags, with outer surface of textile materials, other, other, of manmade fibers, backpacks. The rate of duty will be 19.5 per cent ad valorem for listed countries except Vietman which is 65 per cent.

Style K0757 falls within textile category designation 670. Based upon international textile trade agreements, products of China, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka in category 670 are subject to visa requirements. Products from China are also subject to quota 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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