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NY B89116

September 12, 1997

CLA-2-42 SE:C:D G02 B89116


TARIFF NO.: 4202.32.9550, 4202.92.3020

Meredith Covey
Gap, Inc.
Two Harrison
San Francisco, California 94105

RE: The tariff classification of a coin purse and two backpacks with outer surfaces of polyester fabric from Korea

Dear Ms. Covey:

In your letter dated August 12, 1997 you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The items which The Gap, Inc. intends to import are a zippered heart-shaped coin purse with an attached metal key ring (style 242723) and two backpacks (styles 242804 and 242805) having adjustable strap and buckle backpack straps, exterior zippered compartments on the side opposite the user's back, and two top opening main compartments, one having a zippered and the other a single snap closure. All three items have polyester woven fabric outer surfaces.

The applicable subheading for the coin purse 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 man-made fibers. The rate of duty will be 19.3 percent ad valorem. The applicable subheading for the backpacks 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 man-made fibers, backpacks. The rate of duty for these items will also be 19.3 percent ad valorem.

Items 4202.32.9550 and 4202.92.3020 fall within textile category designation 670. Based upon international textile trade agreements, products of Korea are subject to quota and the requirement of a visa.

The designated textile and apparel categories may be subdivided into parts. If so, visa and quota requirements applicable to the subject merchandise may be affected. 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 (19 C.F.R. 177). The samples are being returned herewith in accordance with your request.

A copy of the ruling or the control number indicated above should be provided with the entry documents filed at the time this merchandise is imported.


Artis M. Morgan, Jr.
Port Director

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