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NY E83950

July 15, 1999

CLA-2-42:K:TO:B6:G21 E83950


TARIFF NO.: 4202.22.8050

Ms. Jean Peters
Product Manager
Stone Mountain
330 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10001

RE: The tariff classification of a handbag from China.

Dear Ms. Peters:

In your letter dated June 24, 1999, you requested a classification ruling.

The sample submitted, Item #VX7213, is a handbag of polypropylene straw strips with an apparent width of less than 5 mm. It has two separate compartments and a wallet pocket inside. This handbag has a vinyl flap and vinyl trimmings. It closes with a snap and is carried by a vinyl shoulder strap.

The applicable subheading for the handbag of polypropylene straw strips, Item #VX7213, will be 4202.22.8050, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (HTSUSA) which provides for handbags, whether or not with shoulder strap, including those without handle, with outer surface of textile materials, other, of man-made fibers. The duty rate will be 18.8% ad valorem.

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

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 (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.

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.


John J. Martuge

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