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NY E88186

November 2, 1999

CLA-2-42:RR:NC:341: E88186


TARIFF NO.: 4202.22.8050

Ms. Nancy Bosseckery
Freight Brokers International, Inc.
1200 Brunswick Ave.
P.O. Box 960219
Inwood, NY 11096

RE: The tariff classification of handbags from China.

Dear Ms. Bosseckery:

In your letter dated September 9th, 1999, on behalf of Nine West Distribution Corp, you requested a classification ruling.

The samples submitted with your request are identified as style numbers M41400 and M41410. The items are handbags designed to carry money, keys, and small accessories on a daily basis. Both have an exterior surface of textile material of polypropylene yarns over 5mm in width. Style M41400 features a lined, tri-compartmentalized interior secured by a front flap with a center magnetic snap closure. The bag measures approximately 9" in height by 9 1/2" in width by a 4" bottom panel. An adjustable shoulder strap is permanently attached to the bag. Style M41410 features a lined, double compartment interior secured by a center tab with a magnetic snap closure. The bag measures approximately 10" in height by 9 1/2" in width by a bottom panel of 3 1/4". Two shoulder straps are permanently attached to the bag.

The applicable subheading for style numbers M41400 and M41410 will be 4202.22.8050, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for handbags, whether or not with shoulder strapwith outer surface of textile materials, other, other, other, of man-made fibers. The duty rate will be 18.8% ad valorem.

Items classifiable under HTS subheading 4202.22.8050 fall within textile category designation 670. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of China are subject to quota and the requirement of a visa.

The designated textile and apparel categories and their quota and visa status are the result of international agreements that are subject to frequent renegotiations and changes. To obtain the most current information, we suggest that you check, close to the time of shipment, the U.S. Customs Service Textile Status Report, an internal issuance of the U.S. Customs Service, which is available at the Customs Web site at www.customs.gov. In addition, 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 and should also be verified at the time of shipment.

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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