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NY D86601

January 26, 1999

CLA-2-46:1B:CO:E14 D86601


TARIFF NO.: 4602.10.2940

Ms. Sonya Clarke
Sr. Import/Export Analyst
Bath & Body Works
7 Limited Parkway East
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068

RE: The tariff classification of a tote from the Philippines

Dear Ms. Clarke:

In your letter dated December 21, 1998, you requested a tariff classification ruling. A sample was submitted for our examination.

The ruling request describes the item as a "Large Rectangle Seagrass Tote," purchase order #709494. The sample submitted with your request is described as being composed of 99% seagrass material and 1% bamboo stick. The tote is rectangular and has two handles. It measures approximately 11" w x 9½' h and has interwoven seagrass material forming the sides, bottom and handles. The arching, twisted handles are attached by a 9" bamboo stick. Your sample is herein returned.

The applicable subheading for purchase order #709494 Seagrass Tote, will be 4602.10.2940, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for: Articles made directly to shape from plaiting materials or made up from articles of heading 4601; Of vegetable materials: Luggage, handbags and flatgoods, whether or not lined: Other (than certain enumerated kinds). The rate of duty will be 5.3% 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.


Jon A. Batt
Port Director

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