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NY F83223

February 22, 2000

CLA-2-42:RR:NC:TA:341 F83223


TARIFF NO.: 4202.22.4500

Ms. Allison M. Baron
Sharretts, Paley, Carter & Blauvelt, P.C. Seventy-five Broad Street
New York, NY 10004

RE: The tariff classification of a handbag from China.

Dear Ms. Baron:

In your letter dated February 8, 2000, on behalf of United Retail Group, you requested a classification ruling for a handbag.

The sample submitted, identified as style number 8000, is a lady’s handbag manufactured of an exterior surface of 100 percent cotton fabric decorated with plastic beads. The bag has a textile interior lining and no dividers or compartments. The article measures approximately 4 ¾”(W) x 6”(H) with a shoulder strap of plastic beads. The handbag is secured by means of a magnetic snap fastener. Your sample is being returned as requested.

The applicable subheading for style 8000, the handbag of cotton, will be 4202.22.4500, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for handbags, whether or not with shoulder strap, including those without handle, with outer surface of textile materials, other, of vegetable fibers and not of pile or tufted construction, of cotton. The duty rate will be 6.7 percent ad valorem.

HTS 4202.22.4500 falls 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).

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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