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NY B83731

APR 23, 1997



TARIFF NO.: 4202.92.3030

Mr. Steve Freeman
Citation Companies, L.L.C.
P.O. Box 26426
Birmingham, AL 35260

RE: The tariff classification of a travel bag from China.

Dear Mr. Freeman:

In your letter dated March 20, 1997, you requested a tariff classification ruling on nine different pieces of luggage. I must inform you that the program only allows for a maximum of five items per ruling. Of the nine items, only one sample was received. This ruling will address that sample.

The sample submitted with your request, style 980111, is a duffle style travel bag. According to your literature, styles 980111 and 980103 are the same except for color. Style 980111 is green while 980103 is blue. The bag is approximately 2'6" x 1'2" x 1'6" in size. The bag features a three-sided zipper top, undivided interior with tie-down strap, a full outside zippered pocket, webbing hand straps and an adjustable removable shoulder strap. One end of the bag is equipped with two wheels allowing it to be pulled. The outer surface is constructed of 1800D polyester.

The applicable subheading for the travel bag will be 4202.92.3030, 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, other. The rate of duty will be 19.3 per cent ad valorem.

Style 980111 falls within textile category designation 670. Based upon international textile trade agreements, products of China in category 670 are subject to visa and quota requirements.

The designated textile and apparel category may be subdivided into parts. If so, visa and quota requirments 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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