United States International Trade Commision Rulings And Harmonized Tariff Schedule
faqs.org  Rulings By Number  Rulings By Category  Tariff Numbers
faqs.org > Rulings and Tariffs Home > Rulings By Number > 1998 NY Rulings > NY D81700 - NY D81767 > NY D81758

Previous Ruling Next Ruling
NY D81758

September 24, 1998

CLA-2-64:RR:NC:TP:347 D81758


TARIFF NO.: 6403.91.60, 6404.19.90

Mr. John J. Kenney
Reebok International Ltd.
25 Littlefield Street
Avon, MA 02322

RE: The tariff classification of leather and textile fitness shoes from Indonesia.

Dear Mr. Kenney:

This ruling replaces New York ruling C89813 issued to you on July 21, 1998, regarding the men's Ex-o-fit Workboot in both a leather and canvas version. This revision is based on additional information by you concerning the classification of the leather version of the shoe which our office classified as unisex footwear for men's size 8 and smaller.

You have submitted samples for what you refer to as men's "Ex-O-Fit" fitness shoes in both a textile and leather version. You state that both shoes are constructed the same way but using different upper materials. Both shoes cover the ankle, have lace-tie closures, and feature rippled outer soles which are not flexible. You state that both the textile hi cut shoe, "Ex-O-Fit Hi Workboot Canvas, style# 2-40771" and the leather hi cut shoe, "Ex-O-Fit Hi Workboot, style# 2-39319 and 2-40928, also feature leather collars and foxing-like bands. You state that the textile shoe is valued at $13.28 per pair, and the leather shoe is valued at $22.89 per pair.

You state that Reebok has been making the men's Ex-o-fit style from its beginning. You state that you do not offer a women's version of the Ex-o-fit, by name, but that Reebok has been making the exact same shoe for women called the Freestyle, from the beginning as well. Since Reebok offers a comparable style of shoe for women, a unisex ruling would not apply. You have provided photocopies of the men's and women's version from your catalog.

The applicable subheading for the leather style of the Ex-o-fit shoe will be 6403.91.60, HTS, which provides for footwear with leather uppers and plastic and/or rubber soles, covering the ankle, for men, youths and boys. The rate of duty is 8.5% ad valorem. The applicable subheading for the textile style of the Ex-o-fit shoe will be 6404.19.90, HTS, which provides for footwear in which the upper external surface is predominately textile materials, in which the outer sole's external surface is predominately rubber and/or plastics, which is not "athletic" footwear, in which the upper's external surface is still 50% or less leather even after every leather accessory or reinforcement present is included as part of the upper's external surface, which is not designed to be a protection against water, oil, grease or chemicals or cold or inclement weather, which has neither open toes or open heels and is not a slip-on, and which is valued over $12.00 per pair. The rate of duty will be 11.2% ad valorem.

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 Richard Foley at 212-466-5890.


Robert B. Swierupski

Previous Ruling Next Ruling

See also: