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NY B87109

July 22, 1997

CLA-2-42:K:TC:B6:G21 B87109


TARIFF NO.: 4202.22.8050; 4202.92.3020

Ms. Frances T. Blundo
Imports Supervisor
Lerner New York
460 W. 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001

RE: The tariff classification of handbags and a backpack from China.

Dear Ms. Blundo:

In your letter dated June 20, 1997, you requested a classification ruling.

The submitted samples, style #1235 and style #1236, are constructed of 100% rayon crocheted material. Style #1235 is a fully lined handbag featuring a wallet pocket inside. This bag closes with a snap and is carried by a self fabric shoulder strap. Style #1236 is a lined handbag featuring an inside wallet pocket. This bag closes with a nylon zipper and a flap. It is carried by a self fabric shoulder strap.

Style #1234 is a 100% rayon crocheted backpack. This fully lined backpack features an inside wallet pocket. It closes with a self fabric drawstring which also serve as carrying straps allowing this backpack to be worn on the back.

The applicable subheading for the 100% rayon crocheted handbags, styles #1235 and #1236, will be 4202.22.8050, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (HTSUSA), which provides for handbags, whether or not with shoulder strap, including those without handles, with outer surface of sheeting of plastic or of textile materials, other, other, of man-made fibers. The duty rate will be 19.3% ad valorem.

The applicable subheading for the 100% rayon crocheted backpack, style #1234, will be 4202.92.3020, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated(HTSUSA), which provides for travel, sports and similar bags, with outer surface of textile materials, other, of man-made fibers, backpacks. The duty rate will be 19.3% ad valorem.

Items classifiable under 4202.22.8050 and 4202.92.3020, HTSUSA, fall within textile category designation 670. As a product of China, this merchandise is subject to visa requirements and quota restraints based upon international textile trade agreements.

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 (Restraint 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.

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.


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