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NY B89569

September 23, 1997

CLA-2-42:RR:NC:TA:341 B89569


TARIFF NO.: 4202.22.4500

Ms. Shelia Andrews
Dillard Department Stores, Inc.
11701 Otter Creek Road South
Mabelvale, AR 72103

RE: The tariff classification of a handbag from China.

Dear Ms. Andrews:

In your letter dated September 9, 1997, you requested a classification ruling for a handbag.

The sample submitted is a lady's shoulder bag identified as style 812S503. The bag is composed of a woven textile fabric panel, which forms the front, back and bottom of the bag, an embossed leather flap, side panels and shoulder strap. The bag has a magnetic snap closure and is fabric lined. The essential character of the bag is imparted by the woven textile fabric which is said to be of 39.9 percent cotton yarn, 30.1 percent polypropylane yarn and 30 percent jute yarn by weight. Based on the information supplied the chief weight of the fabric is imparted by the cotton yarn. Your sample is being returned as you requested.

The applicable subheading for Style 812S503, the handbag in chief weight of cotton, will be 4202.22.4500, 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, of vegetable fibers and not of pile or tufted construction, of cotton. The duty rate will be 6.9 percent ad valorem.

Items classifiable under 4202.22.4500 falls within textile category designation 369. 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).

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. If you have any questions regarding the ruling, contact National Import Specialist Kevin Gorman at 212-466-5893.


Robert B. Swierupski

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