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NY J85862

July 22, 2003

CLA-2-65:RR:NC:3:353 J85862


TARIFF NO.: 6505.90.3090

Mr. Richard LoCurto
150 West 30th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001

RE: The tariff classification of a knit and fur hat from China.

Dear Mr. LoCurto:

In your letter dated June 17, 2003, received in this office on June 27, 2003, you requested a classification ruling. The submitted sample will be returned to you.

The submitted sample is a Style CA1022R Rex Rabbit Hat. The hat is constructed of a knit crown of 70% cashmere and 30% silk, on the outside of which rabbit fur is attached. When viewed, you see the knit portion on the top of the head and the fur around the circumference of the head. Style CA1022M will be identical except for mink fur, and Style CA1022F will be identical except for fox fur.

The Explanatory Notes for heading 6505 state :

The articles are classified here whether or not they have been lined or trimmed.

They include :

(1) Hats, whether or not trimmed with ribbons, hat pins, buckles, artificial flowers, foliage or fruit, feathers or other trimmings of any material. (emphasis added)

The applicable subheading for the Styles CA1022R, CA1022M and CA1022FG hats will be 6505.90.3090, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for “Hats and other headgear, knitted or crocheted, or made up from lace, felt or other textile fabric, in the piece (but not in strips), whether or not lined or trimmed; hair-nets of any material, whether or not lined or trimmed: Other: Of wool: Knitted or crocheted or made up from knitted or crocheted fabric, Other: Other.” The duty rate will be 27.9 cents per kilogram plus 8.5 percent ad valorem.

Styles CA1022R, CA1022M and CA1022FG hats fall within textile category designation 459. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of China 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 Textile Status Report for Absolute Quotas, which is available at our Web site at www.cbp.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 Kenneth Reidlinger at 646-733-3053.


Robert B. Swierupski

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