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NY L82737

March 8, 2005

CLA-2-64:RR:NC:247: L82737


TARIFF NO.: 6405.20.30

Ms. Maria E. Celis
Neville Peterson LLP
17 State Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10004

RE: The tariff classification of footwear from China

Dear Ms. Celis:

In your letter received on February 25, 2005, you requested a tariff classification ruling for a textile slipper on behalf of Totes-Isotoner Corporation. The sample, which you identify as Style #91049 is described as a men’s closed-toe, closed-heel indoor slipper with an upper made of 82% cotton/18% polyester. You describe the outer sole as composed of molded rubber, permanently laminated on the bottom side with 100% cotton woven sheeting covering approximately 70% of the sole.

The applicable subheading for the slipper will be 6405.20.30 Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, (HTS), which provides for other footwear, with uppers of textile materials, with uppers of vegetable fibers. The general rate of duty will be 7.5 percent ad valorem.

The submitted sample is not marked with the country of origin. Therefore, if imported as is, it will not meet the country of origin marking requirements of 19 U.S.C. 1304. Accordingly, the footwear would be considered not legally marked under the provisions of 19 C.F.R. 134.11 which states, "every article of foreign origin (or its container) imported into the U.S. shall be marked in a conspicuous place as legibly, indelibly, and permanently as the nature of the article (or container) will permit, in such manner as to indicate to the ultimate purchaser in the U.S. the English name of the country of origin of the article."

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, Richard Foley at 646-733-3042.


Robert B. Swierupski

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