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NY K80767

December 11, 2003

CLA-2-62:RR:NC:N3:360 K80767


TARIFF NO.: 6206.40.3030

Mr. John F. McManus
ITOCHU International Inc.
335 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017

RE: The tariff classification of a woman's blouse from Indonesia

Dear Mr. McManus:

In your letter dated November 21, 2003, you requested a tariff classification ruling on behalf of Prominent USA LLC. The sample submitted with your request will be returned to you under separate cover.

Style 73532 is a woman’s upper body garment constructed from 55 percent polyester and 45 percent rayon woven fabric. The garment extends to the hips and gives the appearance of a jacket with a blouse underneath. The jacket portion features short sleeves, side vents, an unsecured full front opening and embroidery on the front panels. The simulated blouse portion consists of two panels of contrasting colored fabric attached to the outer garment at the shoulder and side seams. This portion features a notched collar, shoulder pads and a full front opening secured by five buttons. The overall appearance of this garment is that of a blouse.

The applicable subheading for style 73532 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: other: other: other: women’s. The rate of duty will be 27.1 percent ad valorem. Effective January 1, 2004, the rate of duty will be 26.9 percent ad valorem.

Style 73532 falls within textile category designation 641. Based upon international textile trade agreements products of Indonesia are currently subject to quota restraints 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.).

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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