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NY E84268

JULY 8, 1999



TARIFF NO.: 4202.22.4500

Ms. Ginny Poyer
Atico International USA, Inc.
P.O. Box 14368
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33302

RE: The tariff classification of HANDBAGS from China.

Dear Ms. Poyer:

In your letter, received at Customs July 1, 1999, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

Four samples were submitted with your request. All samples are handbags with an outer surface of crochet textile material. You state the material is 55% cotton, 40% olefin and 5% rayon.

Style C50F0074: Size - 7"x 9"x 1"
Textile lined interior with textile shoulder strap and zipper top closure with flap.

Style C50F0040: Size - 8"x 7"x 1"
Textile lined interior with textile shoulder strap and zipper top closure with flap.

Style C50F0021: Size - 9"x 7"x 1"
Textile lined interior with textile shoulder strap, flap with button closure and attached coin purse.

Style C50F0022: Size 9"x 5.5" dia
Textile lined interior, textile shoulder strap with draw string top closure.

The applicable subheading for all four styles will be 4202.22.4500, 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, of vegetable fibers and not of pile or tufted construction, of cotton. The rate of duty will be 6.8 percent ad valorem.

Items classified under HTS 4202.22.4500 fall within textile category designation 369. Based upon international textile trade agreements, products of China in category 369 are subject to visa and quota requirements.

Your samples are 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 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.


Richard Barrette
Service/Area Port Director
Providence, RI

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