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NY H86644





January 24, 2002

CLA-2-65:RR:NC:3:353 H86644

CATEGORY: CLASSIFICATION

TARIFF NO.: 6505.90.6090

Mr. John B. Pellegrini
Ross & Hardies
65 East 55th St.
New York, NY 10022-3219

RE: The tariff classification of balaclava from China.

Dear Mr. Pellegrini:

In your letter dated January 4, 2002 you requested a classification ruling. The sample will be returned to you as requested.

The submitted sample, style 385202 is a balaclava composed of knit polyester fabric. The item is a hood like item fits down to the shoulders with only opening for the face. You also state that you will be importing another balaclava, style 389202 and that it is identical to style 385202.

The applicable subheading for the balaclavas, styles 385202 and 389202 will be 6505.90.6090, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for “Hats and other headgear, knitted or crocheted, or made up from laceor other textile fabricwhether or not lined or trimmed: Of man-made fibers: Knitted or crocheted or made up from knitted or crocheted fabric: Not in part of braid, Other: Other: Other. The duty rate will be 23.9 cents/kg + 8.4% ad valorem.

Styles 385202 and 389202 fall within textile category designation 659. 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 Kenneth Reidlinger at 646-733-3053.

Sincerely,

Robert B. Swierupski
Director,

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