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NY G82828

October 19, 2000



TARIFF NO.: 4202.21.6000

Ms. Rebecca Cheung
Ann Taylor, Inc.
1372 Broadway, 6 Fl.
New York, NY 10018

RE: The tariff classification of a handbag from China.

Dear Ms. Cheung:

In your letter dated October 13th, 2000, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The sample submitted with your request is identified as style #79-10913. The item is a handbag that has an exterior surface of cowhide leather and measures approximately 14" wide at the top and 10" high. The bag has a "T" gusset, which is 3" wide at the bottom. The base is rectangular and measures 3" x 11". The interior of the bag is unlined and has an open back wall pocket. The top opening is secured by two center self-material tabs with hook and loop closures. Two carry straps are permanently attached to the bag.

The applicable subheading for #79-10913 will be 4202.21.6000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for handbags, whether or not with shoulder strapwith outer surface of leathervalued not over $20 each. The rate of duty will be 10% ad valorem.

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

Your sample is 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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