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NY H83304

July 10, 2001

CLA-2-42:RR:NC:TA:341 H83304


TARIFF NO.: 4202.92.4500

Ms. Paula M. Connelly, Esq.
Middleton & Shrull
Attorneys At Law
44 Mall Road, Suite 208
Burlington, MA 01803-4530

RE: The tariff classification of travel bags from China.

Dear Ms. Connelly:

In your letter dated June 28, 2001, on behalf of The Gem Group, Inc., you requested a tariff classification ruling for travel bags.

The sample submitted is said to be representative of styles 8395 “Outback Club Bag” and 8396 “Outback Travel case”. The exterior of each is made up of the same fabric identified as “Rhino”. The material consists of a sheeting of plastic which is embossed and coated with flocking to simulate a hair on the skin leather material. The exterior surface constituent material consists of the plastic sheeting and the flocking. There is no essential character. Therefore the instant items are classified per Gri-3.

As provided by GRI-3(c) the items are classified accordingly to the HTS, which appears last in numerical order among those which equally merit consideration. In this case, the classification for the plastic sheeting occurs last.

The applicable subheading for styles 8595 and 8396 will be 4202.92.4500, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for travel, sports and similar bags, with outer surface of sheeting of plastic. The rate of duty will be 20 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 Kevin Gorman at 212-637-7091.


Robert B. Swierupski

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