CLA-2-39:RR:NC:SP:237 H87232

Mr. Joseph j. Chivini
Director of Operations
Austin Chemical Company, Inc.
1565 Barclay Boulevard
Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089

RE: The tariff classification of microcrystalline cellulose CAS-9004-34-6 from China.

Dear Mr. Chivini:

In your letter dated January 15, 2002 you requested a tariff classification ruling for microcrystalline cellulose CAS-9004-34-6 imported for use in producing a pharmaceutical intermediate. The applicable subheading for microcrystalline cellulose CAS-9004-34-6 will be 3913.90.2010, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), which provides for a-cellulose in granular, microcrystalline or powdered forms. The rate of duty is 5.8 percent ad valorem.

This merchandise may be subject to the requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. You may contact them at 402 M Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20460, telephone number (202) 554-1404, or at EPA Region II telephone number (908) 321-6669.

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 Frank Cantone at 646-733-3038.


Robert B. Swierupski
National Commodity
Specialist Division