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NY I80027

April 17, 2002

CLA-2-62:RR:NC:WA:357 I80027


TARIFF NO.: 6201.93.3000; 6201.93.3511

Mr. Bill Julich
Delmar International, Inc.
147-55 175th Street
Jamaica, New York 11434

RE: The tariff classification of a man’s reversible jacket from China

Dear Mr. Julich:

In your letter dated March 28, 2002, on behalf of Weatherbeeta USA, Inc., you requested a classification ruling.

The sample submitted, style number CH800, is a man’s hip-length reversible jacket. One shell of the jacket is constructed of a knit brushed 100% polyester fleece fabric that is quilted to a nonwoven batting fill. The other shell is constructed of a woven 100% polyester fabric which has a polyvinyl chloride treatment on the inner surface.

The polyvinyl chloride treatment is not visible as that term is defined in the tariff, therefore HTS 6210 does not apply.

The jacket has a stand-up collar, a full front opening secured by a reversible zipper pull closure that extends to the top of the collar, long hemmed sleeves and a straight cut hemmed bottom. The knit shell has two front pockets with zipper closures at the waist and a textile label on the lower portion of the right side seam that features the “Dublin” logo and tradename. The woven shell has two front pockets with zipper closures at the waist, reflective piping fabric along the length of each sleeve and across the front and rear yokes, and a rubberized label on the rear yoke that features the “Dublin” logo and tradename.

The sample is being returned to you as you have requested.

In accordance with General Rule of Interpretation (GRI) 3(c) of the Harmonized Tariff Schedules when goods cannot be classified by reference to GRI 3(a) or 3(b), they are to be classified in the heading which occurs last in numerical order among those which equally merit consideration in determining their classification. In this case neither the knit polyester fabric nor the woven polyester fabric provides the essential character. Therefore, classification will be as woven polyester based on the above.

This garment is eligible for classification as water resistant. If the jacket passes the water resistance test specified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), Chapter 62, U.S. Note 2, then the applicable HTS subheading for the garment will be 6201.93.3000, which provides for other men's anoraks, windbreakers and similar articles of man-made fibers, water resistant. The duty rate will be 7.2 percent ad valorem.

If the jacket does not pass the water resistance test, then the applicable HTS subheading for the garment will be 6201.93.3511, which provides for other men's anoraks, windbreakers and similar articles of man-made fibers. The duty rate will be 28.1 percent ad valorem.

We note that this jacket is marked with the country of origin by means of a fabric label sewn inside one of the pockets. The Customs Service has ruled that country of origin marking on reversible outerwear garments by means of a sewn-in label in one of the pockets and an additional hangtag affixed through the neck with a plastic anchor meets the marking requirements provided the label and hangtag are legibly, conspicuously and permanently marked in accordance with Section 304 TA (19 U.S.C. 1304) and 19 CFR Part 134.

Textile fiber products imported into the U.S. must also be labeled in accordance with the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act and the rules promulgated thereunder by the Federal Trade Commission, for which U.S. Customs does not issue rulings. Information on these labeling requirements may be obtained at the FTC website at WWW.FTC.GOV.

The jacket falls within textile category designation 634. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of China are presently subject to quota restraints 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 W. Raftery at 646-733-3047.


Robert B. Swierupski

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