Mr. Joseph J. Chivini
Austin Chemical Company, Inc.
1565 Barclay Boulevard
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089-4537
RE: The tariff classification of Sodium chondroitin sulfate type
C (CAS-12678-07-8), in powder form, from Japan
Dear Mr. Chivini:
In your letter dated September 28, 1995, you requested a
tariff classification ruling.
The subject product, which you refer to as Sodium
chondroitin sulfate type C, is the sodium salt of the
polysaccharide, chondroitin 6-sulfate. According to the 11th
edition of The Merck Index, chondroitin 6-sulfate (chondroitin
sulfate C) and chondroitin 4-sulfate (chondroitin sulfate A),
which are the two forms of chondroitin sulfate, are the most
abundant mucopolysaccharides in the body, occurring in both
skeletal and soft connective tissue. The subject product is also
known by the following names: chondroitin sulfate C sodium salt;
chondroitin sulfate type C sodium salt; chondroitin 6-sulfate
sodium salt; sodium chondroitin sulfate C; and sodium chondroitin
6-sulfate. You state in your letter that the source of the
product is fish, and that it is used toward the production of an
The applicable subheading for the subject product will be
3001.90.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
(HTS), which provides for other human or animal substances
prepared for therapeutic or prophylactic uses, not elsewhere
specified or included: other. The rate of duty will be free.
This merchandise may be subject to the regulations of the
Food and Drug Administration. You may contact them at 5600
Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857, telephone number (301)
This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Section
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 C.
Reilly at 212-466-5770.
Roger J. Silvestri