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NY I88785

December 12, 2002

CLA-2-61:RR:NC:WA:361 NY I88785


TARIFF NO.: 6106.10.0010

Ms. Shelly Monahan
Seattle Pacific Industries, Inc.
P.O. Box 58710
Seattle, WA 98138

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

Dear Ms. Monhan:

In your letter dated November 15, 2002, you requested a classification ruling.

The submitted sample, Style #S311958, is a woman’s blouse constructed from 93% cotton, 7% lycra knit fabric with more than ten stitches per centimeter in both the horizontal and vertical directions. The garment features a hood, long sleeves, a partial front opening with a drawstring closure, and an unfinished bottom edge. The blouse gives the appearance of having a full front opening, however, the opening has a self-fabric backing extending from five inches below the neckline to one inch above the bottom.

We are returning your sample as you requested.

The applicable subheading for Style S311958 will be 6106.10.0010, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for women’s blouses and shirts, knitted or crocheted, of cotton, women’s. The duty rate will be 20.9% ad valorem.

Effective January 1, 2003, the rate of duty will be 19.8% ad valorem.

Style S311558 falls within textile category designation 339. 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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