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NY N003785

December 22, 2006



TARIFF NO.: 4202.22.8050; 4202.92.9026

Ms. Maya Kessler
Eddie Bauer, Inc.
P.O. Box 97000
Redmond, WA 98073

RE: The tariff classification of handbag and a camera bag from China and Vietnam

Dear Ms. Kessler:

In your letter dated November 20, 2006, you requested a classification ruling.

Style 063-0301 is a backpack-style handbag constructed with an outer surface of man-made textile material. It features a main storage compartment, two interior pockets, two exterior pockets, and a convertible shoulder strap that allows the bag to be carried over one shoulder or over two shoulders. The item is sized and designed to carry the small personal effects commonly carried on a daily basis. Your sample is being returned to you.

The applicable subheading for the handbag will be 4202.22.8050, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), which provides for handbags, whether or not with shoulder strap, including those without handle, with outer surface of textile materials, other, other, of man-made fibers. The duty rate will be 17.6 percent ad valorem.

Style 023-1329 is a carry bag constructed with an outer surface of man-made textile material. It features a front zippered storage compartment that can accommodate a camera or other small accessories. The back of the bag has an organizer panel secured with hook-and-loop closures. It has an adjustable shoulder strap that also allows the bag to be worn around the waist. This office is retaining the bag as an official sample.

The applicable subheading for the carry bag will be 4202.92.9026, HTSUS, which provides for other containers and cases, other, with outer surface of textile materials, of man-made fibers. The rate of duty will be 17.6% 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/.

The handbag and carry bag fall within textile category 670. With the exception of certain products of China, quota/visa requirements are no longer applicable for merchandise, which is the product of World Trade Organization (WTO) member countries.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 Vikki Lazaro at 646-733-3041.


Robert B. Swierupski

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