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HQ 964712

April 2, 2002

CLA-2 RR:CR:TE 964712 ASM


TARIFF NO.: 6307.90.9889

Ms. Marty Langtry
Management Consultant
TowerGroup International
1114 Tower Lane
Bensenville, IL 60106

RE: Request for reconsideration and revocation of NY G83306 Textile bags with drawstrings imported from China; Other made up articles, Heading 6307; Not Heading 4202, HTSUSA

Dear Ms. Langtry:

This is in response to your letter, on behalf of Home Products International requesting reconsideration of Customs New York Ruling (NY) G83306 which involved the classification of textile bags under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (HTSUSA). We have reviewed this ruling and determined that the classification provided for this merchandise is incorrect. This ruling revokes NY G83306 by providing the correct classification for the subject textile bags with drawstrings. Samples have been submitted and reviewed by this office.

Pursuant to section 625(c), Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1625(c)), notice of the proposed revocation of NY G83306 was published on February 27, 2002, in the Customs Bulletin, Volume 36, Number 9. No comments were received in response to this notice.


The subject articles are advertised as laundry bags and identified under the following style numbers and names as follows:

12-116, “Jumbo Laundry Bag”
12-120, “CarryAll Laundry Bag”

The sample identified as the “Jumbo Laundry Bag” (12-116) is 24 inches x 36 inches and constructed of lightweight woven fabric of 100 percent nylon. This article is composed of two panels attached by one bottom seam and two side seams. Overlock stitching secures an open hem at the top. A single cord with a plastic “Cordlock”TM has been threaded through the top hem.

The article identified as the “CarryAll Laundry Bag” (12-120) is 19 inches x 30 inches and constructed of a lightweight woven fabric of 65 percent polyester and 35 percent cotton. This article is composed of two panels which have been attached by one bottom seam and two side seams. Overlock stitching secures an open hem at the top. A single cord with a plastic “Cordlock”TM has been threaded through the top hem.

In NY G83306, dated November 2, 2000, both the subject articles identified as style numbers 12-116 and 12-120, were classified under subheading 4202.92.3031, HTSUSA. The quota category for this provision is 670.


What is the proper classification for the merchandise?


Classification under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (HTSUSA) is made in accordance with the General Rules of Interpretation (GRI). GRI 1 provides that the classification of goods shall be determined 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 heading and legal notes do not otherwise require, the remaining GRI may then be applied. The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System Explanatory Notes (“ENs”) constitute the official interpretation of the Harmonized System at the international level. While neither legally binding nor dispositive, the ENs provide a commentary on the scope of each heading of the HTSUS and are generally indicative of the proper interpretation of these headings. See T.D. 89-80, 54 Fed. Reg. 35127, 35128 (August 23, 1989).

Heading 4202, HTSUSA, specifically covers various cases and containers, and provides as follows:

Trunks, suitcases, vanity cases, attache cases, briefcases, school satchels, spectacle cases, binocular cases, camera cases, musical
instrument cases, gun cases, holsters and similar containers; traveling bags, insulated food or beverage bags, toiletry bags, knapsacks and backpacks, handbags, shopping bags, wallets, purses, map cases, cigarette cases, tobacco pouches, tool bags, sports bags, bottle cases, jewelry boxes, powder cases, cutlery cases and similar containers, of leather or of composition leather, of sheeting of plastics, of textile materials, of vulcanized fiber, or of paperboard, or wholly or mainly covered with such materials or with paper.

Additional U.S. Notes to Chapter 42 state, in relevant part: “1. For the purposes of heading 4202, the expression ‘travel, sports and similar bags’ means goods, other than those falling in subheadings 4202.11 through 4202.39, of a kind designed for carrying clothing and other personal effects during travel”.

The EN to 4202 indicates that the heading covers only the articles specifically named and similar containers. We note that “laundry bags” are not specifically named in heading 4202, HTSUSA. Accordingly, we must determine whether they are similar to the travel or sports bags specified in 4202. However, in order to classify the subject goods as “similar” under 4202, HTSUSA, we must look to factors, which would identify the merchandise as being ejusdem generis (of a similar kind) to those specified in the provision.

In the case of Totes, Inc. v. United States, 18 CIT 919, 865 F. Supp. 867(1994), aff’d. 69 F. 3d 495 (1995), the Court of Appeals stated as follows:

As applicable to classification cases, ejusdem generis requires that the imported merchandise possess the essential characteristics or purposes that unite the articles enumerated eo nomine [by name] in order to be classified under the general terms.

In classifying goods under the residual provision of “similar containers” of 4202, HTSUSA, the Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s decision and found that the rule of ejusdem generis requires only that the imported merchandise share the essential character or purpose running through all the containers listed eo nomine in heading 4202, HTSUSA., i.e., “to organize, store, protect and carry various items.”

The subject merchandise does not have the capability to protect clothing or other essential items during travel. Each of the bags has a single drawstring closure, which is impractical for extended travel because the excess drawstring
loop could easily drag or catch. Furthermore, such a drawstring closure fails to completely secure the contents of the bag; small items could slip through the opening. Thus, it is Customs determination that none of these bags are ejusdem generis to the travel or sports bags of heading 4202, HTSUSA.

The subject bags are distinct from the drawstring bags of HQ 963575, dated October 12, 1999, wherein various textile bags identified as “stuff sacks” were classified as “travel and similar bags” under subheading 4202.92.3031, HTSUSA. The bags in HQ 963575 featured waterproof fabric, zippers, a handle, and a protective interior flap to secure the drawstring closure. Furthermore, these bags were specifically designed and advertised to organize, store, protect and carry sleeping bags and other essentials during camping trips.

Inasmuch as the articles now in question are not classifiable under heading 4202, HTSUSA, they would not be precluded from classification in 6307, HTSUSA, pursuant to the EN for 6307 that excludes: “(b) Travel goods and all similar containers of heading 42.02.” The EN to 6307 further specifies that the heading particularly includes: “(5) Domestic laundry bags.” The Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary (1979) defines “laundry” as “clothes or linens that have been or are to be laundered.” The definition for “launder” or ”laundered” is “to wash (as clothes) in water: to make ready for use by washing and ironing: to wash or wash and iron clothing or household linens.” The term “bag” is defined as a “flexible container that may be closed for holding, storing, or carrying something.” Thus, it would follow that a “laundry bag” is a type of flexible container, with a closure, used to hold clothes or linens for laundering purposes. Webster’s dictionary defines “domestic” as “of or relating to the household or the family.”

The subject merchandise consists of woven bags of a size and shape suited for domestic use and intended to contain clothes or linens for laundering purposes. In the instant case, both bags are advertised, packaged, promoted and intended for use as domestic laundry bags. The packaging clearly identifies the article as a “laundry bag.” The packaging also demonstrates the use of the item by displaying a picture of the bag, packed with towels, sheets, clothing, and a container of laundry detergent. Customs has previously ruled that such textile bags with drawstrings are classifiable under heading 6307, HTSUSA, as “Other made up articles.” In Headquarters Ruling (HQ) 954948, dated October 28, 1993, a textile bag with drawstring comprised of a lightweight cotton fabric with an intended use of packaging and transporting covered candy at retail, was classified as an other made-up article in subheading 6307.90.9986, HTSUSA. In reaching this decision, Customs noted that drawstring pouches of insubstantial
construction, which are not specially shaped or fitted to contain specific merchandise, are not similar to the containers enumerated in heading 4202, HTSUSA. See HQ 953177, dated April 7, 1993; HQ 953176, dated March 16, 1993; HQ 088411, dated April 23, 1991; HQ 086852, dated May 10, 1990.


NY G83306 is hereby revoked. In accordance with 19 U.S.C. 1625(c), this ruling will become effective 60 days after its publication in the Customs Bulletin.

The subject merchandise is correctly classified in subheading, 6307.90.9889, HTSUSA, which provides for, “Other made up articles, including dress patterns: Other: Other: Other, Other, Other.” The general column one duty rate is 7 percent ad valorem.

Due to the changeable nature of the statistical annotation (the ninth and tenth digits of the classification) and the restraint (quota/visa) categories applicable to textile merchandise, you should contact your local Customs office prior to importation of this merchandise to determine the current status of any import restraints or requirements.


John Durant, Director

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