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NY F82211

February 2, 2000



TARIFF NO.: 4202.22.8050

Mr. Ralph M. Navedo
Inter-Maritime Forwarding Co. Inc.
39 Broadway
New York, NY 10006

RE: The tariff classification of a handbag from China/Hong Kong.

Dear Mr. Navedo:

In your letter dated January 24th, 2000, on behalf of Pyramid Accessories, you requested a classification ruling.

The sample submitted with your request, "Barbie Plush Mini Backpack", is a child's handbag designed to contain money, keys, and small accessories on a daily basis. The interior is lined and secured by a front flap with a center magnetic snap closure. A top carry handle and adjustable shoulder straps are permanently attached to the bag. The item measures approximately 7.5" x 7" x 4 3/4" and has an exterior surface of man-made textile material.

The applicable subheading for "Barbie Plush Mini Backpack" will be 4202.22.8050, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for handbags, whether or not with shoulder strapother, other, other, of man-made fibers. The duty rate will be 18.6% ad valorem.

Items classifiable under HTS subheading 4202.22.8050 fall within textile category designation 670. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of China and Hong Kong 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).

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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