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NY 868294

November 13, 1991



TARIFF NO.: 0410.00.0000

Mr. James G. Ekvall
23103 NE 29 Avenue
Ridgefield, WA 98642

RE: The tariff classification of edible BIRDS' NEST from Malaysia.

Dear Mr. Ekvall:

In your undated letter, received on October 29, 1991, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The product in question is described as edible birds' nest from Malaysia. You state that these are the nests of the swift (Aerodramus fuci-phagus),--specifically, that part of the nest made up of the birds' saliva, which is mainly a water-soluble glycoprotein. These nests will be imported in their natural condition, without further processing, for use as a food product.

The applicable subheading for this edible BIRDS' NEST will be 0410.00.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for Edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included. The rate of duty will be 2.5 percent ad valorem.

Importations of these products are subject to import regulations administered by various U.S. agencies. Information regarding applicable regulations administered by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, may be addressed to that Agency at the following location:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
A.P.H.I.S., Veterinary Services
Federal Building, Room 756
6505 Belcrest Road
Hyattsville, MD 20782
telephone: (301) 436-7885 (Import/Export Products)

Information regarding applicable regulations administered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may be addressed to that Agency at the following location:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Division of Regulatory Guidance
HFF 314, 200 C Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20204
telephone: (202) 485-0237

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

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