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NY L82378

February 28, 2005

CLA-2-42:RR:NC:TA:341 L82378


TARIFF NO.: 4202.92.3031; 4202.92.4500

Mr. Joseph R. Hoffacker
Barthco Trade Consultants
7575 Holstein Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19153

RE: The tariff classification of travel utility pouches from China.

Dear Mr. Hoffacker:

In your letter dated February 3, 2005, on behalf of Raymond Geddes & Co., Inc., you requested a classification ruling for travel utility pouches.

The samples submitted are identified as item numbers 66585 “Rainbow Shag Bag’, 66584 “Pueblo Pencil Pouch”, and 65862 “Squishy Squares Pencil Pouch”. The items are generic utility pouches designed to contain personal effects during travel. Items 66585 and 66584 are manufactured with and exterior surface of man-made fiber textile materials. Item 65862 is manufactured of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic sheeting. The pouches are unlined and ranges in size from approximately 7 inches wide by 2 inches in diameter to 9 inches wide by 2 ½ inches in diameter. The top of each pouch is secured by means of a zippered closure. Your samples are being returned as requested.

The applicable subheading for utility pouches of man-made fiber textile materials will be 4202.92.3031, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for travel, sports and similar bags, with outer surface of textile materials, other, of man-made fibers, other. The duty rate will be 17.6 percent ad valorem.

The applicable subheading for the utility pouches of PVC sheeting will be 4202.92.4500, HTS, which provides for travel, sports and similar bags, with outer surface of sheeting of plastic, other. The duty rate will be 20 percent ad valorem.

HTS 4202.92.3031 falls within textile category designation 670. Quota and visa status are the result of international agreements that are subject to frequent renegotiations and changes. To obtain the most current information as to whether quota and visa requirements apply to this merchandise, we suggest that you check, close to the time of shipment, the “Textile Status Report for Absolute Quotas” available at our web site at www.cbp.gov. In addition, you will find current information on textile import quotas, textile safeguard actions and related issues at the web site of the Office of Textiles and Apparel, at otexa.ita.doc.gov.

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 Kevin Gorman at 646-733-3041.


Robert B. Swierupski

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