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NY G85200

December 19, 2000

CLA-2-42:RR:NC:TA:341 G85200


TARIFF NO.: 4202.22.8050

Ms. Irene Kwok
Concept 3 Limited
330 Madison Ave., 12/F. suite 1278
New York, NY 10017

RE: The tariff classification of a handbag from China.

Dear Ms. Kwok:

In your letter dated December 6, 2000, you requested a classification ruling for a handbag.

The sample submitted is identified as item #C3-55290. The item is a ladies shoulder bag manufactured with an exterior surface of 100 percent polyester woven fabric with a PVC inner lining. It measures approximately 12 ½”(W) x 11”(H) with a 3 ½” base. The top of the bag is secured by means of a textile zippered closure.

The applicable subheading for C3-55290 will be 4202.22.8050, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for handbags, whether or not with shoulder strap, including those without handle, with outer surface of textile materials, other, other, of man-made fibers. The duty rate will be 18.6 percent ad valorem. The duty rate for 2001 will be 18.3 percent ad valorem.

Your submission requested determination of any court decisions on this merchandise in relation to countervailing or antidumping duties. At this time, there are no antidumping or countervailing duties for this item.

HTS 4202.22.8050 falls 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).

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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