Mr. Alfred Biberfeld
Surgical Instrument Company of America
1185 Edgewater Avenue
Ridgefield, NJ 07657
RE: The tariff classification of Surgical Scalpel Blades from
Dear Mr. Biberfeld:
In your letter dated March 24, 1992 you requested a tariff
The disposable surgical scalpel blades are used by doctors
in surgical procedures. The blades are of various size and shape
and are made either of stainless or carbon steel.
The applicable subheading for the surgical scalpel blades
will be 9018.90.8000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United
States (HTS), which provides for instruments and appliances used
in medical, surgical, dental or veterinary sciences... other.
The duty rate will be 7.9 percent.
Articles classifiable under subheading 9018.90.8000, HTS,
which are products of India are entitled to duty free treatment
under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) upon compliance
with all applicable regulations.
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