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NY I84996

August 23, 2002

CLA-2-61:RR:NC:TA:359 I84996


TARIFF NO.: 6110.30.3035

Ms. Sherrie Stevenson
FPA Customs Brokers, Inc.
152-31 134th Street
Jamaica, New York 11434 -3505

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

Dear Ms. Stevenson:

In your letter dated August 9, 2002, you requested a classification ruling on behalf of Lai Apparel Design, Inc. As requested, your sample is being returned to you.

Your sample, style BM456, is a woman’s vest constructed from 100% polyester knit fabric, which is napped on both sides. The fabric of the garment measures more than nine stitches per two centimeters in the horizontal direction. It features a mock collar, oversized armholes, two inset pockets below the waist, a full front opening with a zipper closure, a hemmed bottom and an embroidered design on the placket. The collar, placket, armholes, and pockets are finished with knit capping.

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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