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NY C80152

October 20, 1997

CLA-2-42 SE:C:D G02 C80152


TARIFF NO.: 4202.22.6000

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

RE: The tariff classification of a child's handbag of linen fabric from China

Dear Ms. Murphree:

In your letter dated September 25, 1997 you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The item The Gap, Incorporated intends to import is a child's embroidered handbag (style 342197). The bag is trapezoidal in shape measuring 6 inches at its base, 7 inches at the top, and 5 inches in height. It has an open top, an outer surface made from a fabric which is 100 percent linen, a textile fabric lining, two carry handles made from the same fabric as the body of the bag, and a decorative bow on one exterior side also made from the the same fabric which is affixed to the bag by stitching.

The applicable subheading for the child's handbag will be 4202.22.6000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for handbags, with outer surface of textile materials, other, of vegetable fibers and not of pile or tufted construction, other. The rate of duty will be 6.3 percent ad valorem.

Item 4202.22.6000 falls within textile category designation 871. 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 sample is 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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