Mr. Federico C. Zuniga
F. Zuniga, Inc.
P.O. Box 692
Laredo, TX 78042-0692
RE: The tariff classification of a tote bag and backpack from
Dear Mr. Zuniga:
In your letter dated April 26, 1993, on behalf of Tri-Con
Industries, you requested a tariff classification ruling for a tote
bag and backpack.
You have submitted two samples described as a "Keepsack
Karacter" tote bag and backpack said to be assembled in Mexico.
You have submitted breakdowns that indicate that the items are
composed of 100% cotton. They are unlined, and measure
approximately 14" x 15 1/2" with 5" gussets.
The applicable subheading for the tote bag and backpack said
to be of 100 percent cotton will be 4202.92.1500, Harmonized Tariff
Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for travel,
sports and similar bags, with outer surface of textile materials,
of vegetable fibers and not of pile or tufted construction, of
cotton. The duty rate will be 7.2 percent ad valorem.
Items classifiable under 4202.92.1500 fall within textile
category designation 369. Based upon international textile trade
agreements, products of Mexico are subject to visa requirements.
The designated textile and apparel category may be subdivided
into parts. If so, visa and quota requirements applicable to the
subject merchandise may be affected. Since part categories are the
result of international bilateral agreements which are subject to
frequent renegotiations and changes, we suggest that you check,
close to the time of shipment, the Status Report On Current Import
Quotas (Restraint Levels), an internal issuance of the U.S. Customs
Service, which is available for inspection at your local Customs
It has been noted that the articles submitted for a binding
ruling are not legally marked. The reference to assembled in
Mexico is not as conspicuously marked as the articles will permit.
As provided by CFR 134.47, the assembled in Mexico must appear on
the same side of the fabric label as the American flag symbol.
This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Section
177 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 177).
A copy of this ruling letter should be attached to the entry
documents filed at the time this merchandise is imported. If the
documents have been filed without a copy, this ruling should be
brought to the attention of the Customs officer handling the
Jean F. Maguire
New York Seaport