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NY I88500

December 11, 2002

CLA-2-61:RR:NC:WA:361 NY I88500


TARIFF NO.: 6204.53.3010

Ms. Cicki Wallertz
Newport News, Inc.
711 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017

RE: The tariff classification of a woman’s skirt and belt from Hong Kong.

Dear Ms. Wallertz:

In your letter dated November 8, 2002, you requested a classification ruling for a skirt with a belt.

The submitted sample, Style #S03-75-075, is a woman’s skirt constructed from 62% polyester, 34% rayon, and 4% spandex woven fabric. The skirt has a flat waistband with five belt loops, a combination button, and hook and bar closure at the center of the waistband, pockets at both sides, a front zipper opening, and a hemmed bottom. The skirt will be imported and sold with a 100% polyester woven belt with a metal buckle closure.

The skirt and belt are considered to be a composite good, under the General Rules of Interpretation (GRI) 3(b). As such, they are classified as a unit under one tariff number, and one quota category number is applied to both the skirt and the belt.

The applicable subheading for Style S03-75-075 (both skirt and belt) will be 6204.53.3010, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for women’s skirts and divided skirts, of synthetic fibers, other, women’s. The duty rate will be 16.2% ad valorem.

Effective January 1, 2003, the rate of duty will be 16.1% ad valorem.

Style S03-75-075 (both skirt and belt) falls within textile category designation 642. Based upon international textile trade agreements this category from Hong Kong is subject to quota restraints and visa requirements.

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 Angela De Gaetano at 646-733-3052.


Robert B. Swierupski

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