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NY B88172

August 19, 1997

CLA-2-42:K:TC:B6:G21 B88172


TARIFF NO.: 4202.22.8050

Ms. Kristen Gibson
Import Analyst
Bath and Body Works
Seven Limited Parkway East
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

RE: The tariff classification of a handbag from China.

Dear Ms. Gibson:

In your letter dated July 23, 1997, you requested a classification ruling.

The submitted sample, style PO#703911, is a 100% acetate quilted satin handbag measuring pproximately 11" high by 13" wide. This handbag has a poly vinyl see through heart cut out on the front of the bag. It closes with a zipper and is carried by two self fabric handles. Your sample will be returned as requested.

The applicable subheading for the 100% acetate quilted satin handbag, style PO#703911, 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.

Items classifiable under 4202.22.8050, HTSUSA, fall within textile category designation 670. As a product of China, this merchandise is subject to visa 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.


John J. Martuge

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