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NY N004148

December 13, 2006



TARIFF NO.: 6404.19.90

Ms. Nanette L. DeSanto
H.H. Brown Shoe Co., Inc.
124 West Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830

RE: The tariff classification of footwear from China

Dear Ms. DeSanto:

In your letter dated December 1, 2006, you requested a tariff classification ruling for a footwear sample, identified as “Men’s Webb.”

      The submitted sample is a lace-up, square-toe casual shoe with an outer sole of rubber/plastics and an upper of predominantly textile material. The shoe does not cover the ankle. The unit molded outer sole has sidewalls that overlap the upper by more than ¼ inch and substantially encircle the entire shoe. The sidewall is a foxing or foxing-like band. You have provided a value of over $12/pair.

The applicable subheading for “Men’s Webb” will be 6404.19.90, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, (HTSUS), which provides for footwear with outer soles of rubber/plastics and uppers of textile material: other: other: valued over $12/pair: other. The general rate of duty will be 9 percent 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 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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