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NY E89312

November 2, 1999



TARIFF NO.: 4202.92.4500

Ms. Barbara Y. Wierbicki
Tompkins & Davidson, LLP
One Astor Plaza
1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

RE: The tariff classification of a tote bag from China.

Dear Ms. Wierbicki:

In your letter dated October 28th, 1999, on behalf of Avon Products, Inc., you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The sample submitted with your request is identified as product profile (PP) PP#197044. The item is a tote bag that is designed to carry clothing and other personal effects. It measures approximately 12" in height by 13" in width by a 5 1/2" bottom panel and has an exterior surface is of embossed Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) that is designed to resemble canvas. The interior of the bag is lined and non-compartmentalized. The top opening of the bag is secured by a hook and loop closure and two straps with snaps that are sewn into the top side seams. There is an open pocket with hook and loop tabs on each exterior side of the bag.

The applicable subheading for PP#197044 will be 4202.92.4500, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for travel, sports, and similar bags, other. The rate of duty will be 20% ad valorem.

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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