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NY E88888

December 8, 1999



TARIFF NO.: 4202.92.4500

Ms. Ann Vietello
Etienne Aigner
47 Brunswick Avenue
Edison, NJ 08818

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

Dear Ms. Vietello:

In your letter dated November 9th, 1999, you requested a classification ruling.

The sample submitted with your request, "Crystal Clear Aigner", is a two piece set consisting of a double handle tote bag manufactured of a sheeting of plastic with textile trim and a handbag of cotton textile material. A style number was not provided in your inquiry. The tote bag is unlined and not secured by a closure. A detachable shoulder strap is affixed to the top of the tote bag by means of dog leash type clasps. The handbag is lined, secured by a drawstring closure and is attached to the tote bag by means of a dog leash type clasp affixed to a self-strip sewn into the side seam of the tote bag. If imported separately, the handbag is classifiable under HTS subheading 4202.22.4500 and the tote bag under 4202.92.4500.

The items are packed for retail and share the common purpose of organizing, protecting, storing, and carrying items placed therein. Pursuant to General Rule of Interpretation 3(b), the items are considered a set. The tote bag imparts the essential character of the set.

The applicable subheading for "Crystal Clear Aigner" will be 4202.92.4500, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for travel, sports, and similar bags, other. The duty rate for the year 1999 and the year 2000 will be 20% 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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