Mr. Joseph J. Chivini
Austin Chemical Company, Inc.
1565 Barclay Boulevard
Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089

RE: The tariff classification of m-Hydroxybenzoic acid, CAS # 99-06-9, imported in bulk form, from Japan

Dear Mr. Chivini:

In your letter dated April 4, 2007 you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The subject product, m-Hydroxybenzoic acid, is a carboxylic acid with additional oxygen function (phenol) indicated for use as a pharmaceutical intermediate.

The applicable subheading for m-Hydroxybenzoic acid will be 2918.29.0800, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), which provides for Carboxylic acids with phenol function but without other oxygen function, their anhydrides, halides, peroxides, peroxyacids and their derivatives: Other: m-Hydroxybenzoic acid. The rate of duty will be free.

Duty rates are provided for your convenience and are subject to change. The text of the most recent HTSUS and the accompanying duty rates are provided on World Wide Web at

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Part 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 Stephanie Joseph at 646-733-3268.


Robert B. Swierupski
National Commodity
Specialist Division