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NY I89646

December 31, 2002

CLA-2-62:RR:NC:N3:360 I89646


TARIFF NO.: 6206.40.3030

Kim Young
Licensed Customs Broker
BDP International
2721 Walker Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

RE: The tariff classification of women's wearing apparel from China

Dear Ms. Young:

In your letter dated December 24, 2002, you requested a ruling on tariff classification on behalf of Meijer Distribution. The sample submitted with your request will be returned to you under separate cover.

Style RO-212 is a women’s shirt constructed from knit and woven fabric. The knitted fabric that comprises the sleeves, neck and ¾ of the back panel is 85% acrylic and 15% cotton. The woven fabric is 100% polyester faux suede. The shirt features long sleeves, a full front zippered opening and front and rear yokes. The garment extends from the shoulders to slightly below the waist. The woven fabric imparts the essential character of the garment.

The applicable subheading for style RO-212 will be 6206.40.3030, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for women’s or girls’ blouses, shirts and shirt-blouses: of man-made fibers. Effective January 1, 2003, the rate of duty will be 27.1 percent ad valorem.

Style RO-212 falls within textile category designation 641. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of China are currently subject to quota restraints or 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 Patricia Schiazzano at 646-733-3051.


Robert B. Swierupski

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