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NY 898364

June 20, 1994

CLA-2-95:P:CO:D13 898364
TARIFF NO.:9506.70.2090; 6216.00.4600
Mr. Gordan C. Anderson
Meyer Customs Brokers
8100 Mitchell Road, Suite 200
Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55344

RE: The tariff classification of various rollerblade protective gear from China or Thailand

Dear Mr. Anderson:

In a letter dated May 19, 1994, you requested a tariff classification ruling on behalf of your client, Rollerblade.

Submitted with your request were various pieces of protective gear designed to protect the skater from impact injury while in-line skating. Sample #1, are elbow pads. The elbow pads are comprised of a molded plastic shell protector attached to a slip-on stretchable sleeve. The sleeve is said to be constructed of manmade fibers and contains EVA foam padding. Straps with velcro fasteners are at the top and bottom of the sleeve to hold the elbow pad in place.

Sample #2, are knee pads. These knee pads are similar in construction to the elbow pads, i.e.: plastic protector attached to a elastic sleeve, foam padding and straps to secure them in place. The knee pads are larger than the elbow pads.

Sample #3 are wrist guards. These wrist guards are constructed primarily of a knitted manmade material with artificial leather stitched on areas of stress. There are left hand and right hand wrist guards. Each guard has a thumb hole and when worn, the guard extends into and covers part of the palm. There are three Velcro straps used to hold the guard in place. The wrist guard also has two, high impact, plastic splint inserts. one insert fits into in the palm area and a portion of the insert extends outside the guard so that if wearer should fall and put their hand out to stop the fall this plastic insert would hit the pavement rather than the palm. The other plastic insert is located in the back panel. This insert provides strength to, and supports the wrist so that it will not collapse and break if one does fall.

Your letter indicates that this protective gear may be imported individually or in sets containing two or possibly all three items, and they are all exclusively designed and marketed to be used by the in-line skater.

The applicable subheading for the elbow pads and knee pads will be 9506.70.2090, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUSA), which provides for "Articles and equipment for general physical exercise, gymnastics, athletics, other sports... : ice Skates and roller skates, including skating boots with skates attached; parts and accessories thereof: other". The rate of duty will be Free.

The applicable subheading for the wrist guard will be 6216.00.4600, HTSUSA, which provides for "Gloves, Mittens, and Mitts: Other: of man-made fibers: other gloves, mittens and mitts, all the foregoing specially designed for use in sports, including ski and snowmobile gloves, mittens and mitts". The rate of duty will he 5.5 Percent ad valorem.

This ruling is issued under the provisions of section 177 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 177).

A copy of this ruling letter should be attached to the entry documents filed at the time this merchandise is imported. if the documents have been filed without a copy, this ruling should be brought to the attention of the Customs officer handling the transaction.


Emery W. Ingalls
District Director,

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