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NY F80091

December 1, 1999



TARIFF NO.: 4202.22.4500

Ms. Amy Johnson
Wal Mart Stores Inc.
702 Southwest 8th Street
Bentonville, AR 72716

RE: The tariff classification of a handbag from China.

Dear Ms. Johnson:

In your letter dated November 15th, 1999, you requested a classification ruling.

The sample submitted with your request is identified as style #CH 1008, "belt bag". The item is a handbag constructed of an exterior surface of 100% cotton canvas textile material that measures approximately 8" x 6 1/2" x 3 ". The bag consists of two unlined zippered compartments that are covered by a front flap with hook and loop closures. An adjustable, permanently attached belt enables the user to wear the bag around one's waist.

The applicable subheading for #CH 1008 will be 4202.22.4500, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for handbags, whether or not with shoulder strapof cotton. The duty rate will be 6.8% ad valorem.

Items classifiable under HTS subheading 4202.22.4500 fall within textile category designation 369. 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).

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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