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NY F81818

January 31, 2000

CLA2-RR:NC:TA:N3:358 F81818


TARIFF NO.:6110.10.2080

Mr. Anthony A Tonucci
Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz & Silverman LLP 245 Park Avenue 33rd Floor
New York, NY 10167-3397

RE: Classification and country of origin determination for girl’s lambswool cardigan; 19 CFR 102.21(c)(3)

Dear Mr. Tonucci:

This is in reply to your letter dated January 17, 2000, on behalf of your client Mast Industries, Inc., requesting a classification and country of origin determination for a girl’s knit cardigan,Style 892058, your reference 99-0289-10(216)I, which will be imported into the United States.


The subject article has cardigan styling and is constructed of 80% lambswool, 20% nylon knit fabric which has 11 stitches per 2 centimeters measured in the direction the stitches were formed. The cardigan features short sleeves, a full front opening secured by eight hooks and eyes, wire closures, a round neckline and a straight bottom. For purposes of this ruling, we assume the cardigan will be sized for girls 4-6x and 7 to 16.

The manufacturing operations for the girl’s cardigan, according to your submission, are as follows:


Ø The front and back panels and sleeves comprising the body of the sweater are knit to shape

Ø All trimming (i.e.,placket and neck) is knit to shape

Ø The front and back panels are linked to the shoulder


Ø Center front is cut (cardigan style)

Ø Trimming is sewn onto the body sweater panel

Ø Side seams are linked

Ø Embroidery

Ø Washing, ironing, finishing and packaging

According to your submission, the front and back panels have finished tubular knit self start bottoms, finished sides and fully contoured armholes. The back panel neckline has two marker holes. The front panel has a partial line of demarcation for the neckline and a vertical line of demarcation at the center where it will be cut into two panels for the cardigan front. The sleeve panels are fully formed.

As the front panel of the girl’s cardigan has clear, continuous and unambiguous lines of demarcation at the front opening, and a partial line of demarcation at the neckline, it is considered knit to shape.


What are the classification and country of origin of the subject merchandise?


The applicable subheading for the girl’s lambswool sweater, Style 892058, will be 6110.10.2080, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (HTSUSA), which provides for girls' sweaters, pullovers, sweatshirts, waistcoats (vests) and similar articles, knitted or crocheted, of wool or fine animal hair, other, other, women’s or girls’. The rate of duty will be 16.4 per cent ad valorem.

Girls' finely knit wool cardigans fall within textile category designation 438. 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. Part categories are the result of international bilateral agreements, which are subject to frequent renegotiations and changes. To obtain the most current information available, we suggest that you check, close to the time of shipment, the Status Report on Current Import Quotas (Restraint Levels), an internal issuance of the U.S. Customs Service, which is available for inspection at your local Customs office.


On December 8, 1994, the President signed into law the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. Section 334 of that Act (codified at 19 U.S.C. 3592) provides new rules of origin for textiles and apparel entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption, on and after July 1, 1996. On September 5, 1995, Customs published Section 102.21, Customs Regulations, in the Federal Register, implementing Section 334 (60 FR 46188). Thus, effective July 1, 1996, the country of origin of a textile or apparel product shall be determined by sequential application of the general rules set forth in paragraphs (c)(1) through (5) of Section 102.21.

Paragraph (c)(1) states that "The country of origin of a textile or apparel product is the single country, territory, or insular possession in which the good was wholly obtained or produced." As the subject merchandise is not wholly obtained or produced in a single country, territory or insular possession, paragraph (c)(1) of Section 102.21 is inapplicable.

Paragraph (c)(2) states as follows:

Where the country of origin of a textile or apparel product cannot be determined under paragraph (c)(1) of this section, the country of origin of the good is the single country, territory, or insular possession in which each of the foreign materials incorporated in that good underwent an applicable change in tariff classification, and/or met any other requirement, specified for the good in paragraph (e) of this section.

Paragraph (e) in pertinent part states that "The following rules shall apply for purposes of determining the country of origin of a textile or apparel product under paragraph (c)(2) of this section":

HTSUSA Tariff shift and/or other requirements

6101-6117 (3) If the good is knit to shape, a change to heading 6101 through 6117 from any heading outside that group, provided that the knit-to-shape components are knit in a single country, territory, or insular possession.

The subject sweater is classifiable in heading 6110. The applicable tariff shift rule requires a tariff shift to heading 6101 through 6117 from any heading outside that group. The knit to shape sweater components are classifiable under heading 6117, HTSUSA, which is not outside heading group 6101 through 6117. Accordingly, the tariff shift rule is not met and Section 102.21 (c)(2) is inapplicable.

Section 102.21(c) 3 applies where the country of origin of an apparel product cannot be determined pursuant to paragraph (c) (1) or (c)(2) and where the merchandise consists of a good that was knit to shape in a single country, or (with an exception for goods of certain specifically enumerated headings), was wholly assembled in a single country, territory or possession.

Section 102.21(b) states the following:

(3) Knit to shape. The term knit to shape applies to any good of which 50 percent or more of the exterior surface area is formed by major parts that have been knitted or crocheted directly to the shape used in the good, with no consideration being given to patch pockets, appliques, or the like. Minor cutting, trimming, or sewing of those major parts will not affect the determination of whether a good is “knit to shape.”

(4) Major parts. The term major parts means integral components of a good but does not include collars, cuffs, waistbands, plackets, pockets, linings, paddings, trim, accessories, or similar parts.

The subject girl’s cardigan is made of components that have been knit to shape in a single country, territory, or insular possession. Accordingly, Section 102.21(c)(3) is applicable.

In the case of the subject merchandise, the front panel, back panel and sleeves are knit to shape in Thailand. Pursuant to Section 102.21(c)(3), the country of origin of the subject lambswool cardigan is Thailand.


The country of origin of the girls' lambswool cardigan, Style 892058, is Thailand. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of Thailand are currently subject to quota restraints and visa requirements.

The holding set forth above applies only to the specific factual situation and merchandise identified in the ruling request. This position is clearly set forth in section 19 CFR 177.9(b)(1). This sections states that a ruling letter, either directly, by reference, or by implication, is accurate and complete in every material respect.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Part 177 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 177). Should it be subsequently determined that the information furnished is not complete and does not comply with 19 CFR 177.9(b)(1), the ruling will be subject to modification or revocation. In the event there is a change in the facts previously furnished, this may affect the determination of country of origin. Accordingly, if there is any change in the facts submitted to Customs, it is recommended that a new ruling request be submitted in accordance with 19 CFR 177.2.

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 Bruce Kirschner at 212-637-7079.


Robert B. Swierupski

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