Mr. Vernon Kurz
BDP International Inc.
1017 4th Avenue
Lester, PA 19029-1813
RE: The tariff classification of "Primellose" (Croscarmellose
Sodium, CAS-9004-32-4) in powder form, from the Netherlands
Dear Mr. Kurz:
In your letter dated August 22, 1995, on behalf of your
client, AVEBE America, Inc., you requested a tariff
The submitted sample, which you refer to as "Primellose",
consists of a fine, white powder composed of the sodium salt of
croscarboxymethylcellulose (a cellulose ether in primary form).
According to the USAN and the USP Dictionary of Drug Names,
Croscarmellose Sodium ["Croscarmellose" (CAS-9000-11-7) is INN]
is "Carmellose (carboxymethylcellulose) sodium that has been
internally cross-linked either by control of the reaction
conditions or by the use of a cross-linking reagent." You state
in your letter that the subject product is used in the
pharmaceutical industry as a tablet disintegrant.
The applicable subheading for the subject merchandise will
be 3912.31.0000, 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: Carboxymethylcellulose and its salts."
Pursuant to General Note 13, HTSUSA, the rate of duty will be
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, DC 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 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