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NY I88511

December 13, 2002

CLA-2-61:RR:NC:WA:361 NY I88511


TARIFF NO.: 6204.62.4020

Mr. John Imbrogulio, Import Specialist
Nordstrom, Inc.
Customs Compliance Department
1617 Sixth Ave. Suite 1000
Seattle, WA 98101-1724

RE: The tariff classification of women’s leather and textile trousers from China.

Dear Mr. Imbrogulio:

In your letter dated November 18, 2002, you requested a classification ruling for women’s trousers. The sample is being returned, as you requested.

Style W5130FV356 is a pair of trousers constructed from leather and 99 percent cotton, one percent spandex woven fabric. The trousers have a waistband with belt loops; a front zipper fly with a button closure in the waist; two front pockets; and hemmed leg openings with buttoned side slits. The leather portion includes most of the front, the balance is made up of the woven cotton fabric.

As noted above, the garment is made up of two different types of fabric. Such garments are considered a composite good, with the classification determined by the fabric that provides the essential character. In this case, the cotton woven fabric provides the essential character.

The applicable subheading for style W5130FV356 will be 6204.62.4020, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for women’strousers: Of cotton. The duty rate will be 16.8% ad valorem. Effective January 1, 2003, the rate of duty will be 16.7% ad valorem.

Style W5130FV356 falls within textile category designation 348. Based upon international textile trade agreements this category, from China is 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 Angela De Gaetano at 646-733-3052.


Robert B. Swierupski

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