Mr. Jonathan Hupert
Biddle Sawyer Corporation
2 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10121-0034
RE: The tariff classification of Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose
(CAS-9004-65-3), in powdered form, from Japan
Dear Mr. Hupert:
In your letter, which was undated, received by this office
on July 21, 1995, you requested a tariff classification ruling.
The subject product, Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose
("Hypromellose" is "INN"), is a propylene glycol ether of
methylcellulose. You have submitted documentation indicating
that the CAS Registry number presently shown for "Hypromellose"
in Table 1 of the Pharmaceutical Appendix to the Tariff Schedule
(i.e., CAS-8063-82-9) has been deleted and replaced by CAS-9004-
65-3. After reviewing this documentation, and other references
on the subject product, we are satisfied that this is the case.
The applicable subheading for the subject product will be
3912.39.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
(HTS), which provides for: "Cellulose and its chemical
derivatives, not elsewhere specified or included, in primary
forms: Cellulose ethers: Other." Pursuant to General Note 13,
HTSUSA, the rate of duty will be free.
This merchandise may be subject to the regulations of the
Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pesticides and Toxic
Substances. You may contact them at 402 M Street, S.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20460, telephone number (202) 554-1404) or EPA
Region II at (908) 321-6669.
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