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NY G80354

August 10, 2000

CLA-2-42:RR:NC:TA:341 G80354


TARIFF NO.: 4202.92.1500

Mr. Al Dellaratta
John A Steer Co.
11 Darby Commons Court
Folcroft, PA 19032

RE: The tariff classification of a tote bag from India.

Dear Mr. Dellaratta:

In your letter dated August 4, 2000, on behalf of Computer Expressions, you requested a classification ruling for a tote bag.

The sample submitted is not identified by style number. The item is a double handle tote bag manufactured with an exterior surface of 100 percent cotton canvas designed to contain personal effects during travel. The interior is unlined and features a zippered back wall pocket. It measures approximately 15 ½”(H) x 29”(W). The top of the bag is secured by means of a metal snap fastener.

The applicable subheading for the tote bag will be 4202.92.1500, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for travel, sports and similar bags, with outer surface of textile materials, of vegetable fibers and not of pile or tufted construction, of cotton . The duty rate will be 6.7 percent ad valorem.

HTS 4202.92.1500 falls within textile category designation 369. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of India are subject to 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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