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NY E88198

October 26, 1999



TARIFF NO.: 4202.22.8050

Ms. Jodi Ziegler
Pleasant Company
8400 Fairway Place
Middleton, Wisconsin 53562

RE: The tariff classification of a handbag from China.

Dear Ms. Ziegler:

In your letter dated October 11, 1999, you requested a classification ruling for a handbag from China.

The sample submitted with your request, identified as style number 5084-00, is a handbag designed to carry money, keys, and small accessories on a daily basis. The item is constructed of nylon textile material and measures approximately 9 1/4" in width by 6 1/4" in height. Two straps, adjustable by means of a tuck lock closure, are attached to the upper sides of the bag that enables the user to wear the bag around one's waist or across one's shoulder. The top opening of the bag is secured by a full-width zippered closure. The interior of the bag is lined and has no additional features. An auxiliary pocket, secured by a hook and loop closure, is located beneath the zippered opening on the front exterior. A pocket of nylon mesh with a hook and loop closure is placed in the lower right corner of the front exterior

The applicable subheading for style 5084-00 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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