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NY E88293

November 2, 1999

CLA-2-42:RR:NC:TA:341 E88293


TARIFF NO.: 4202.92.3031; 4202.92.1500

Mr. Terry Allen
PR Service Graphique
33 Rue Du CDT
Rene’ Mouchotte
75014 Paris

RE: The tariff classification of drawstring duffel bags from China and/or Hong Kong.

Dear Mr. Allen:

In your letter dated October 12, 1999, you requested a classification ruling for drawstring duffel bags.

The samples submitted, identified as items A and B, are generic duffel bags designed to contain clothing or other personal effects. Each bag is not disposable packing and is designed for repetitive reuse. They are chiefly used to provide storage, protection, organization and portability to the personal property placed within. Sample A is not of a kind similar to the flimsy sacks normally sold with leather handbags. Sample B is of a kind sold as a carrying/storage bag for delicates such as lingerie and other personal effects. Sample A is manufactured with an exterior surface of polyester woven fabric, and sample B is manufactured of an exterior surface of cotton.

The applicable subheading for the Item A, the duffel bag of polyester, will be 4202.92.3031, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for travel, sports and similar bags, with outer surface of textile materials, other, of man-made fibers, other. The duty rate will be 18.8 percent ad valorem.

The applicable subheading for Item B, the duffel bag of cotton, will be 4202.92.1500, HTS, which provides for travel, sports and similar bags, with outer surface of textile materials, of vegetable fibers and not of pile or tufted construction, of cotton. The duty rate will be 6.8 percent ad valorem.

HTS 4202.92.3031 falls within textile category designation 670. HTS 4202.92.1500 falls within textile category designation 369. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of China and Hong Kong 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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