Harmonized System Heading 6210 provides for "Garments made up of fabrics of heading 5602, 5603, 5903, 5906 or 5907." In the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States ("HTSUS") garments classified under 6210 are generally assessed a lower rate of duty than would be the case were the garment not made of one of those fabrics.
On October 19, 2015, CBP ruled (NY N269125) that in the case of a woman's mid-thigh length coat constructed of 68% polyester, 19% rayon, 7% cotton, 5% nylon and 1% wool woven fabric with a visible coating on the inner surface the applicable subheading for will be 6210.30.5000 HTSUS which provides for "Garments, made up of fabrics of heading 5602, 5603, 5903, 5906 or 5907: Other garments, of the type described in subheadings 6202.11 to 6202.19: Of man-made fibers: Other." The rate of duty will be 7.1 percent ad valorem. Had the fabric not been coated the classification would likely have been 6202.13.40 HTSUS, "Women's or girls' overcoats, carcoats, capes, cloaks, and similar coats; Of man-made fiber; Other; Other. The rate of duty for 602.13.40 is 27.7%
In this case the ruling was requested by the law firm Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP. They did not disclose the name of the client who will be the importer.
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