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NY I81254

May 8, 2002

CLA-2-61:RR:NC:TA:359 I81254


TARIFF NO.: 6110.30.3035

Ms. Paula Clerigo
Jordon Blouse
1407 Broadway
New York, NY 10018

RE: The tariff classification of a woman’s vest from Hong Kong.

Dear Ms. Clerigo:

In your letter dated April 23, 2002, you requested a classification ruling. As requested, your sample is being returned to you.

Your sample, style BB682, is a woman’s vest constructed from two fabrics. The two front panels are constructed from 100% polyester faux fur knit pile fabric. The back panel is constructed from 70% acrylic, 30% wool 3x3 ribbed knit fabric. The outer surface of the pile fabric is more than nine stitches per two centimeters. The garment features a round neckline, oversized armholes and a full front opening with a zipper closure. The two front panels have a woven inside lining.

The essential character of the vest is given by the faux fur knit pile fabric, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), General Rules of Interpretation (GRI), Rule 3, noted.

The applicable subheading for the vest will be 6110.30.3035, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for sweaters, pullovers, sweatshirts, waistcoats (vests) and similar articles, knitted or crocheted: of man-made fibers: other: other: other: other: vests, other than sweater vests: women’s. The duty rate will be 32.4% ad valorem.

The vest falls within textile category designation 659. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of Hong Kong 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 Mike Crowley at 646-733-3049.


Robert B. Swierupski

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