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C82093 January 15, 1998

CLA-2-42:G32 C82093


TARIFF NO.: 4202.12.6000

Mr. David A. Eisen
Siegel, Mandell & Davidson, P.C.
One Astor Plaza
1515 Broadway
43rd Floor
New York, NY 10036-8901

RE: The tariff classification of a Pullman Suitcase from China and/or Taiwan

Dear Mr. Eisen:

In your letter dated December 31, 1997, you requested a tariff classification ruling on behalf of your client Avon Products, Inc., located at 1251 Avenue of the Americas, New York.

The sample you submitted for review is a textile pullman suitcase measuring approximately 21 1/2 inches in length x 14 inches in height x 8 1/2 inches in width. Your letter states that the suitcase is constructed of 55 percent ramie and 45 percent woven polyester floral-patterned on the exterior surface. The suitcase has two zippered exterior pockets or compartments, one of which is compartmentalized with a zippered mesh pocket and three open-top pockets. The item also features two carrying straps with a snap closure handle, adjustable shoulder strap and adjustable interior straps for securing the contents in place during travel.

Your sample will be returned to the above address.

The applicable subheading for the pullman suitcase will be 4202.12.6000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for trunks, suitcases, vanity cases, attache cases, briefcases with an outer surface of textile materials, of vegetable fibers and not of pile or tufted construction, other. The rate of duty will be 6.2 percent ad valorem.

Items classifiable under 4202.12.6000 fall within textile category designation 870. Based upon international textile trade agreements, products of China and/or Taiwan 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.


Port Director

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