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NY B89147

September 12, 1997

CLA-2-42 SE:C:D G02 B89147


TARIFF NO.: 4202.22.8050, 4202.92.3030

Ludene Murphree
Gap, Inc.
Two Harrison
San Francisco, California 94105

RE: The tariff classification of a handbag and a travel tote bag with outer surfaces of nylon fabric from China

Dear Ms. Murphree:

In your letter dated August 27, 1997 you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The items which The Gap, Inc. intends to import are a handbag (style 371241) measuring approximately 12 x 4 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches having two leather carry straps, an exterior zippered pocket on one side, and three side by side interior compartments, the center compartment having a zippered closure and a zippered interior side pocket and the other two compartments having open tops and no pockets. The travel tote bag (style 371242) is nearly identical to the handbag except that it is larger in size measuring approximately 15 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 12 inches. Both bags have outer surfaces of woven nylon fabric.

The applicable subheading for the handbag will be 4202.22.8050, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for handbags, whether or not with shoulder strap, including those without handle, with outer surface of textile materials, other, other, other, of man-made fibers. The rate of duty will be 19.3 percent ad valorem. The applicable subheading for the travel tote 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 man-made fibers, other. The duty rate for this item will also be 19.3 percent ad valorem.

Items 4202.22.8050 and 4202.92.3030 fall within textile category designation 670. Based upon international textile trade agreements, products of China 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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