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NY 883836

April 23, 1993

CLA-2-34:S:N:N7:240 883836


TARIFF NO.: 3402.12.1000

Mr. Jose G. Flores
Jose G. Flores
P.O. Box 2695
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00902-2695

RE: The tariff classification of Benzalkonium Chloride (CAS # 8001-54-5) from England

Dear Mr. Flores:

In your letter dated March 4, 1993, you requested a tariff classification ruling on behalf of your client, Allergan American Corp.

A sample of Benzalkonium Chloride was submitted with your request. This product, a surface active agent, is a mixture of alkyldimethyl-benzylammonium chlorides. It will be used as a preservative (biocide) in the manufacture of Opticrom 4%.

The applicable HTS subheading for Benzalkonium Chloride (CAS 8001-54-5) will be 3402.12.1000 Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for organic surface-active agents, whether or not put up for retail sale: cationic: aromatic or modified aromatic. The duty rate will be 6.6 percent ad valorem.

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 already been filed, this ruling should be brought to the attention of the Customs officer handling the transaction.


Jean F. Maguire
Area Director

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