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NY E89092

October 28, 1999



TARIFF NO.: 4202.92.3031

Ms. Lynn King
Tupperware U.S., Inc.
14901 South Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, Fl 32837

RE: The tariff classification of a tote bag from the Philippines.

Dear Ms. King:

In your letter dated October 21, 1999, you requested a classification ruling.

The sample submitted with your request is identified as Medium Plus Opportunity Kit Bag. The item is a double handle tote bag designed to carry various personal effects during travel. The bag is manufactured of 100% polyester. Although you have indicated that the fabric is coated with Polyurethane, the exterior surface is not coated or covered with a sheeting of plastics. The interior of the bag is unlined and consists of a single compartment with no additional features. The top opening of the bag is secured by a hook and loop closure. The bag measures approximately 20" in height by 31" in width.

The applicable subheading for the Medium Plus Opportunity Kit Bag 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, other, of man-made fibers, other. The duty rate will be 18.8% ad valorem.

Items classifiable under HTS subheading 4202.92.3031 fall within textile category designation 670. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of the Philippines 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).

Your sample is being returned as requested.

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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