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NY G84985

December 15, 2000



TARIFF NO.: 4202.22.8050

Mr. William Ling
Marco Polo Express Int'l, Inc.
11222 S. La Cienega Blvd., Suite 180
Inglewood, CA 90304

RE: The tariff classification of a handbag from China.

Dear Mr. Ling:

In your letter dated September 21st, 2000, on behalf of Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc., you requested a classification ruling.

The sample submitted with your request is identified as style #FR920. The item is a handbag with an exterior surface of bovine leather designed to simulate reptile skin and of textile material of man-made fibers. The essential character is imparted by the textile material as it comprises the majority of the surface area, excluding handles and trim. The interior of the bag is lined and contains zippered pockets. The top opening is secured by a full-width zippered closure. The front of the bag has an accordion pocket with pencil holders, a removable metal key ring, pockets of various sizes and multiple credit card holders. Two carry handles are permanently attached to the bag. The metal key ring is classified with the handbag as they are considered to be a set.

The applicable subheading for #FR920 will be 4202.22.8050, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for handbags, whether or not with shoulder strap, with outer surface of textile material, other, other, other, of man-made fibers. The duty rate will be 18.6% ad valorem.

Items classifiable under HTS subheading 4202.22.8050 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).

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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