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NY E87094

September 20, 1999



Ms. Melba R. Dairo
Federated Merchandising Group
1440 Broadway
New York, NY 10018

RE: The tariff classification of womens cashmere tops from Hong Kong

Dear Ms. Dairo:

In your letter dated September 10, 1999, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The submitted samples, styles 911458RRR and 911460RR, are womens tops, which are manufactured from 100% cashmere fine knit fabric.

Style 911458RRR is a womens cardigan style garment, which does not reach the waist. The garment features a full front opening with a hook and eye closure at the top and elbow length sleeves.

Style 911460RR is a womens top, which features a square neck, one and one half inch wide shoulder straps, and a straight cut back. The garment extends below the waist.

The applicable subheading for both garments will be 6114.10.0040, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for womens other garments, tops, of wool. The rate of duty will be 14.5%.

The tops fall within textile category designation 438. Based upon international textile trade agreements, products of Hong Kong are subject to quota and the requirement of a visa.

The designated textile and apparel categories may be subdivided into parts. If so, visa and quota requirements applicable to the subject merchandise may be affected. 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 (19 C.F.R. 177).


Allan J. Martocci
Acting Port Director

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