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July 19, 1999



TARIFF NO.: 4202.22.1500

Mr. Alan Woodruff
Lerner New York
460 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001

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

Dear Mr. Woodruff:

In your letter dated June 29th, 1999, you requested a tariff classification ruling for a ladies handbag from China.

The sample submitted with your request is identified as "PVC Ladies Handbag," style 6184. The item is a double shoulder strap handbag designed to carry money, keys, and small accessories during travel. The bag measures approximately 9" in width by 7" in height and has an exterior surface of 100% Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). The interior of the bag is lined and contains a back wall zippered pocket. The top opening of the bag is secured by a center magnetic snap closure.

The applicable subheading for style 6184 will be 4202.22.1500, 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 sheeting of plastic. The rate of duty will be 18% ad valorem.

Your sample is being returned as requested.

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 Kevin Gorman at 212-637-7091.


Robert B. Swierupski

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