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NY F80101

November 30, 1999

CLA-2-61: G03 F80101


TARIFF NO.: 6109.10.0065

Ludene Murphree
Gap Inc.
One Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

RE: The tariff classification of girls’ tank tops from Peru and Turkey

Dear Ms. Murphree:

In your letter dated November 11, 1999 you requested a tariff classification ruling.

You have submitted three samples, Style 628684, 628685 and 628668. These are similar garments. Each is a tank top made from a fine knit fabric that you state is 100% cotton. Each style has a scoop neckline in both the front and back and narrow shoulder straps. Capping finishes the neckline and armholes and overlock stitching finishes the garment bottom. The capping is trimmed with decorative embroidery. Each style has a different graphic design printed on the center chest front. Your request indicates that these styles will be imported in girls’ sizes XS through XL or XXL.

The applicable subheading for each of these three styles will be 6109.10.0065, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for T-shirts, singlets, tank tops and similar garments, knitted or crocheted: Of cotton: Women’s or girls’: Other: Tank tops: Girls’. The rate of duty will be 18.8 percent ad valorem.

Tank tops fall within textile category designation 339. Based upon international textile trade agreements, products of both Peru and Turkey are subject to the requirement of a visa and those of Turkey are subject to quota restraints as well.

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.USTREAS.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.

Although you originally requested that your samples be returned to you, in a telephone conversation you agreed that the samples could be retained by Customs for reference purposes.

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.


Alice M Rigdon
Port Director

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