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NY J83176

April 22, 2003

CLA-2-61:RR:NC:TA:359 J83176


TARIFF NO.: 6110.11.0030

Ms. Melba R. Dario
Federated Merchandising Group
11 Penn Plaza
New York, New York 10001

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

Dear Ms. Dario:

In your letter dated April 2, 2003 you requested a classification ruling. As requested, your sample is being returned to you.

Your sample, style 8225, is a woman’s sweater constructed from two fabrics. The front and back panels of the garment are constructed from 100% boiled wool knit fabric. The sleeves are constructed from 70% acrylic, 30% wool 3x3 rib knit fabric. The outer surface of the 100% boiled wool fabric measures nine or fewer stitches per two centimeters in the horizontal direction. The garment features a pointed collar, long sleeves, a full front opening with a zipper closure, two pockets below the waist and faux seams on the front and back of the garment that extend from the shoulder to the bottom of the garment.

The essential character of the sweater is given by the 100% boiled wool fabric, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), General Rules of Interpretation (GRI), Rule 3, noted.

The applicable subheading for the sweater will be 6110.11.0030, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for sweaters, pullovers, sweatshirts, waistcoats (vests) and similar articles, knitted or crocheted: of wool or fine animal hair: of wool: sweaters: women’s. The duty rate will be 16.1% ad valorem.

The sweater falls within textile category designation 446. 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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