Ms. Sharon Herbison
Barinco International Corp.
44 Montgomery Street, Suite 1260
San Francisco, CA 94104
RE: The tariff classification of suspenders and garter belts
Dear Ms. Herbison:
In your letter dated May 21, 1990, on behalf of Easton
Sports, Inc., you requested a classification ruling.
You have submitted two samples. The first is a garter belt,
style GB5, of elasticized man-made fiber, 1 1/2 inches wide and
secured by a hook and loop closure in the front center of the
belt. The belt has plastic garter grips attached by hook and
loop fasteners to four 7 inch long straps that are sewn to the
belt. The second sample, style SH20, is suspenders of
elasticized man-made fiber with adjustable straps, plastic
buckles, and is attached to pants by soft plastic inverted U-
shaped fasteners with a place for the buttons at the bottom of
the U. You indicate the samples are designed, manufactured and
distributed for the game of hockey. However, suspenders and
garter belts are each excluded from classification as ice-
hockey equipment in Chapter 95 by the Legal Notes to that
The applicable subheading for styles GB5 and SH20 will be
6212.90.0030, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
(HTS), which provides for brassieres, girdles, corsets, braces,
suspenders, garters and similar articles and parts thereof,
whether or not knitted or crocheted: other... of man-made fibers
or man-made fibers and rubber or plastics. The duty rate will be
7 percent ad valorem.
Styles GB5 and SH20 fall within textile category designation
659. Based upon international textile trade agreements, products
of Taiwan are subject to quota restraints and 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, to obtain the most current information available, 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 office.
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