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NY F85467

April 17, 2000



TARIFF NO.: 4202.92.3031

Ms. Lynn B. Stan
6430 E. Main Street
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068

RE: The tariff classification of a "vest bag" from China.

Dear Ms. Stan:

In your letter dated April 3rd, 2000 you requested a classification ruling.

The sample submitted with your request is identified as "non-woven vest bag". The item is designed to provide storage, protection, and organization to sports equipment. The bag has an exterior surface of non-woven man-made textile material with a panel of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) mesh on the top front and side exteriors. As the panel of PVC comprises about 1/5 of the front and side area, the essential character of the bag is the textile material of man-made fibers. A zip-around closure secures the bag and a carry handle is permanently attached to the top. The interior is unlined and consists of a single compartment with no additional features.

The applicable subheading for the "vest bag" will be 4202.92.3031, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for travel, sports, and similar bags, with outer surface of textile materials, other, other, of man-made fibers, other. The duty rate will be 18.6% ad valorem.

Items classifiable under HTS subheading 4202.92.3031 fall within textile category designation 670. 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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