Mr. Sean P. Isacsson
R.W. Greef and Company, Inc.
1445 East Putnam Avenue
Old Greenwich, Connecticut 06870
RE: The tariff classification of Caffeine anhydrous from China.
Dear Mr. Isacsson:
In your letter dated May 31, 1990 you requested a tariff
Caffeine anhydrous is a central stimulant alkaloid drug that
will be imported in bulk form.
The applicable subheading for the Caffeine anhydrous in bulk
form will be 2939.30.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the
United States (HTS), which provides for Caffeine and its salts.
The rate of duty will be 6 percent ad valorem
The effective period for heading 9902.30.02 is: On or before
the earlier of 12/31/92 or the date ( as determined by the U.S.
Trade Representative) on which the rate of duty imposed by the
European Communities on articles in subheading 2939.30.00 exceeds
the rate of duty imposed by the United States on such articles
that was in effect on 6/30/88. The current rate is 4.1 percent
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 (202)
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