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NY H81832

June 22, 2001

CLA-2-95:RR:NC:2:224 H81832


TARIFF NO.: 9506.99.6080

William Ng
Sunnywood, Inc.
181 Pembroke Drive
Lake Forest, IL 60069

RE: The tariff classification of a volleyball set, item # 3287 from China.

Dear Mr. Ng:

In your letter dated June 1, 2001, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

You are requesting the tariff classification on a volleyball set, item # 3287 that consists of a volleyball, netting, two net posts (in 6 sections), four ground stakes, two tie down cords, a ball pump and a storage bag fitted to hold all the components.

Classification under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) is made in accordance with the General Rules of Interpretation (GRIs). The systematic detail of the harmonized system is such that virtually all goods are classified by application of GRI 1, that is, according to the terms of the headings of the tariff schedule and any relative section or chapter notes. In the event that the goods cannot be classified solely on the basis of GRI 1, and if the headings and legal notes do not otherwise require, the remaining GRI’s may be applied.

The imported merchandise consists of game equipment and a bag for carrying and storing the game. Heading 9506, HTSUS, provides for “Articles and equipment for general physical exercise, gymnastics, athletics, other sports (including table-tennis) or outdoor games, not specified or included elsewhere in this chapter.” Since the subject volleyball set is designed principally for outdoor game play, there is no need to go any further than this heading in the Tariff for classification of the game merchandise. There is no subheading provision in heading 9506 that specifically addresses or describes the subject merchandise and accordingly, the sets can be classified in the heading’s residual provision, subheading 9506.99.6080, HTSUS.

Regarding the bag, certain containers may be classified with the article they are designed to hold, if the requirements of GRI 5 (a) are met. In pertinent part, GRI 5 (a) states that: “Camera cases, musical instrument cases, gun cases, drawing instrument cases, necklace cases and similar containers, specially shaped or fitted to contain a specific article or set of articles, suitable for long-term use and entered with the articles for which they are intended, shall be classified with such articles when of a kind normally sold therewith.”

In this case, the bag is shaped to contain the equipment in the set, and in fact, the contents of the set are imported in the storage bag itself. The bag is suitable for long-term use in that it is constructed of sturdy textiles and plastic, with a zipper closure. The bag will also be entered only with the articles it is intended to contain and is not sold separately for other uses. We find that these bags are principally or solely used with their stated game contents. It is our determination that the bag meets the requirements of GRI 5 (a), and is classifiable in the game provision with its contents.

The applicable subheading for the volleyball set, item # 3287 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 sportsor outdoor gamesOtherOther. The rate of duty will be 4 % 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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