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NY E82399

May 25, 1999

CLA242:RI:130:DJP:G25 E82399


TARIFF NO.: 4202.22.8050

Ms. Ludene Murphree
Gap Inc.
One Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

RE: The tariff classification of a girls handbag from China.

Dear Ms. Ludene:

In your letter,received at Customs May 20, 1999, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The sample submitted with your request, style 545972, Old Navy girls' Magic fleece handbag, is a child's handbag, approximately 7"x5.5"x3.5" in size. This bag has an undivided/textile lined interior, textile webbing straps, hook and loop top closure, exterior pocket with hook and loop closure and an exterior pocket at one end which holds a permanently attached Old Navy mascot, Magic, stuffed toy dog. The outer surface of the bag is 100 polyester fleece.

The applicable subheading for style 545972 will be4202.22.8050, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for handbags, whether or not with shoulder strap, including those without handle, with outer surface of textile materials, other, other, other, of man made fibers. The rate of duty will be 18.8 percent ad valorem.

Items classified under HTS 4202.22.8050 fall within textile category designation 670. Based upon international textile trade agreements, products of China in category 670 are subject to visa and quota requirements.

Your sample is being returned as requested.

The designated textile and apparel category may be subdivided into parts. If so, visa and quota requirements applicable to the subject merchandise may be affected. Since 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 (Restraints 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 this ruling letter should be attached to theentry 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.


Richard Barrette
Service/Area Port Director
Providence, RI

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