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NY G86766

February 12, 2001

CLA-2-95:RR:NC:2:224 G86766


TARIFF NO.: 9506.99.6080

Stephen R. Gibbons
Sources International
647 S. Palm Street
Suite B
La Habra, CA 90631

RE: The tariff classification of a throat guard from Taiwan.

Dear Mr. Gibbons:

In your letter dated January 25, 2001, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

You are requesting the tariff classification on an item that is described as a throat guard intended to be worn around the neck of a person engaged in the outdoor game/sport of paintball. The product is constructed of a neoprene-based material and some nylon. The throat guard is affixed to the neck of the user by means of a hook and loop fastener. The throat guard is specifically designed for the purpose of protecting the throat area of an individual from possible injury incurred by paintball projectiles.

The applicable subheading for the throat guard will be 9506.99.6080, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for “Articles and equipment for general physical exercise, gymnastics, athletics, other sports...or outdoor games...parts and accessories thereof: Other...Other.” The rate of duty will be 4 percent ad valorem.

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 Tom McKenna at 212-637-7015.


Robert B. Swierupski

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