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NY G81486

September 15, 2000



TARIFF NO.: 4202.22.1500; 4202.12.2085

Ms. Elizabeth Hodur
149 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10016

RE: The tariff classification of a messenger bag and belt bag from Thailand.

Dear Ms. Hodur:

In your letter dated September 12th, 2000, you requested a classification ruling.

The samples submitted with your request are identified as style numbers A3705 and A3700. Style A3705 is a zippered belt bag made of textile material that is coated with Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). On the front exterior, there is a zippered pocket of clear PVC. A belt of nylon webbing secured by a hook and loop closure enables the user to wear the bag around one's waist. This item is designed to carry items normally carried in a handbag.

Style A3700 is a messenger bag with an exterior surface of textile material that is coated with PVC. It is of a kind similar to a school satchel. The interior is lined and has a zippered back-wall pocket. The top opening is secured by a zippered closure and front flap. On the front of the bag, underneath the front flap, there is a zippered pocket, a clear window for an I.D. card, elasticized pencil holders, and two pockets secured by flaps with hook and loop closures. There is a pouch of sheeting of plastic on the side of the bag and an open pocket of self-material on the rear of the bag. An adjustable shoulder strap is permanently attached to the bag.

The applicable subheading for the A3705 will be 4202.22.1500, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for handbags, whether or not with shoulder strapwith outer surface of sheeting of plastic. The duty rate will be 17.6% ad valorem.

The applicable subheading for the A3700 will be 4202.12.2085, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for trunks, suitcases, vanity caseswith outer surface of plastics, other, other. The duty rate will be 20% ad valorem.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Part 177 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 177).

Your samples are being returned as requested.

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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