Mr. J. McGuiness
Roche Vitamins Inc.
340 Kingsland Street
Nutley, NJ 07110-1199
RE: The tariff classification of Beta Carotene Crystalline (CAS
Dear Mr. McGuiness:
In your letter dated April 4, 1997 you requested a tariff
classification ruling for Beta Carotene Crystalline which you have
stated is a widely used carotenoid in the food industry.
The applicable subheading will be 3204.19.3500, Harmonized
Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for
synthetic organic coloring matter, whether or not chemically defined;
preparations as specified in note 3 to chapter 32 based on synthetic
organic coloring matter; synthetic organic products of a kind used as
fluorescent brightening agents or as luminophores, whether or not
chemically defined: other. Pursuant to General Note 13 to the
Harmonized Tariff Schedule, this product is duty free.
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 Thomas Brady at 212-466-5747.
Gwenn Klein Kirschner
Chief, Special Products