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NY C86492

May 5, 1998

CLA-2-62:RR:NC:WA:357 C86492


TARIFF NO.: 6210.20.5000; 4202.92.3020

Ms. Dorothy E. Irwin
London Fog Industries, Inc.
1332 Londontown Blvd.
Eldersburg, MD 21784

RE: The tariff classification of a man's raincoat and backpack from Korea

Dear Ms. Irwin:

In your letter dated April 16, 1998, you requested a classification ruling.

A sample of a man's raincoat and a swatch of coated fabric were submitted for style number 2721. You indicated in your letter that when imported the raincoat will be constructed of the same fabric as the coated swatch fabric which you state is composed of "Bestex BE 7009," which is a woven 100% nylon fabric visibly coated on the inner surface with polyurethane.

The raincoat extends to above the knee in length, has a pointed collar, an attached hood with a drawcord tightening and a full front opening secured by five left-over-right button closures. The hood can be rolled up and concealed within the garment's collar by a "VELCRO"-type fastener. There are two front slash pockets below the waist and a free-hanging back yoke. Imported with the raincoat is a backpack. The backpack is manufactured with an exterior surface of a woven nylon fabric designed to contain personal effects during travel The backpack has textile straps and is opened at the top.

The backpack is of a kind not normally sold at retail with a garment. The backpack is substantially constructed and is not adapted to the garment nor are they mutually complementary in that neither finishes or completes the other. The backpack is not specially shaped nor fitted to contain a particular article nor set of articles. The backpack and the garment are not put up to meet a particular need or activity. The backpack is a portable means of providing storage and protection to a personal effect, and the garment is designed to be worn by a person.

The samples are being returned to you.

The applicable subheading for the raincoat will be 6210.20.5000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for garments, made up of fabrics of heading 5602, 5603, 5903, 5906 or 5907: other garments, of the type described in subheadings 6201.11 to 6201.19: of man-made fibers: other. The duty rate will be 7.4 percent ad valorem.

The applicable subheading for the backpack 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, of man-made fibers, backpacks. The duty rate will be 19 percent ad valorem.

The raincoat falls within textile category designation 634. The backpack falls within textile category designation 670. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of Korea are presently subject to quota restraints 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 W. Raftery at 212-466-5851.


Robert B. Swierupski

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