CLA-2-39:S:N:N7:238 886938

Mr. Daniel M. Slick
SNPE North America Inc.
103 Carnegie Center, Suite 307
Princeton, NJ 08540

RE: The tariff classification of Nitrocellulose grade C Type I, in primary form, from France

Dear Mr. Slick:

In your letter dated June 1, 1993, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The subject merchandise, Nitrocellulose grade C Type I, is a chemical derivative of cellulose. You state that this product: will have a nitrogen content between 13.0 - 13.3%; conforms to military specification: mil-N-244-A; and will be used for the production of propellant powder. The applicable subheading for this product will be 3912.20.0000, 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 nitrates (including collodions). The rate of duty will be 5.2 percent ad valorem.

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 SW, Washington, DC 20460, telephone number (202) 554-1404, or EPA Region II at (908) 321-6669.

This merchandise may also be subject to the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Firearms and Explosives Operations Branch, Washington, DC 20226. You may contact them at (202) 566-7591.

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 transaction.


Jean F. Maguire
Area Director
New York Seaport