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NY N003263

December 6, 2006



TARIFF NO.: 6116.10.7520

Ms. Marsha McCabe
Midwest Gloves & Gear
P.O. Box 260
Chillicothe, MO 64601

RE: The tariff classification of garden gloves from China.

Dear Ms. McCabe:

In your letter dated November 7, 2006, you requested a classification ruling.

You have submitted a sample of a pair of women’s finely knit gardening gloves, style #70A7, constructed of 80% nylon and 20% spandex, with a PVC mini dot coating that has been uniformly applied to the palmside from fingertips to wrist. Based on an informal bench test conducted in-house, we have estimated that the PVC dot coating weighs less than 50% of the knitted palmside fabric. The glove also features an extended cuff. The essential character of the glove is imparted by the coated knitted man-made palmside material.

The applicable subheading for the gloves will be 6116.10.7520, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), which provides for gloves, mittens and mitts, knitted or crocheted: impregnated, coated or covered with plastics or rubber: other: with fourchettes: containing 50% or more by weight of cotton, man-made fibers or other textile fibers, or any combination thereofsubject to man-made fiber restraints. The duty rate will be 13.2% ad valorem.

Duty rates are provided for your convenience and are subject to change. The text of the most recent HTSUS and the accompanying duty rates are provided on World Wide Web at http://www.usitc.gov/tata/hts/.

Style #70A7 falls within textile category 631. With the exception of certain products of China, quota/visa requirements are no longer applicable for merchandise which is the product of World Trade Organization (WTO) member countries. The textile category number above applies to merchandise produced in non-WTO member-countries. Quota and visa requirements are the result of international agreements that are subject to frequent renegotiations and changes. To obtain the most current information on quota and visa requirements applicable to this merchandise, we suggest you check, close to the time of shipment, the “Textile Status Report for Absolute Quotas” which is available on our web site at www.cbp.gov. For current information regarding possible textile safeguard actions on goods from China and related issues, we refer you to the web site of the Office of Textiles and Apparel of the Department of Commerce 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 Deborah Marinucci at 646-733-3054.


Robert B. Swierupski

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