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NY G84822

December 27, 2000

CLA-2-61:RR:NC:3:353 G84822


TARIFF NO.: 6115.92.9000

Mr. Edward J. Murray
Paris Presents Incorporated
3800 Swanson Court
P.O. Box 9000
Gurnee, IL 60031-9000

RE: The tariff classification of foot warmer socks from Korea.

Dear Mr. Murray:

In your letter dated November 27, 2000 you requested a classification ruling.

The submitted sample is item number 22708 Thera-Sox foot warmer socks with gel inserts. The sock is constructed of knit 100% cotton fabric and features an additional cotton fabric pocket attached to the sole of the sock where the gel insert can be placed. The gel insert is composed of propylene glycol, water, carboxymethyl cellulose, antiseptic and colorant. The gel insert is placed in a microwave on low setting for 30-second increments until warmed to the desired temperature. It is then placed in the sock pocket where a steady wave of heat is released for hours. You must remove the gel inserts from the socks before walking.

The socks and gel inserts are considered a composite good; they are adapted to one another, are mutually complimentary, and would not normally be offered for sale in separate parts. The sock imparts the essential character to the item.

The applicable subheading for the item number 22708 Thera-Sox foot warmer socks with gel inserts will be 6115.92.9000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for “Panty hose, tights, stockings, socks and other hosiery, including stockings for varicose veins, and footwear without applied soles, knitted or crocheted: Other: Of cotton: Other: Other.” The duty rate will be 13.9% ad valorem for 2000 and 13.8% ad valorem for 2001.

Item number 22708 Thera-Sox foot warmer socks with gel inserts falls within textile category designation 332. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of Korea 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 Kenneth Reidlinger at 212-637-7084.


Robert B. Swierupski

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