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HQ 956846

August 15, 1994

CLA-2 CO:R:C:F 956846 GFC


TARIFF NO.: 3204.20.5000

Mr. Andrew Sowula
Polchem International S.A.
810 North Sixth Street
Allentown, Pennsylvania 18102-1610

RE: Classification of Optical Brighteners

Dear Mr. Sowula:

This is in response to your letter of August 2, 1994, concerning the tariff classification of optical brighteners made in Poland. You state that "[w]e have some conflicting reports about the lower rate of duty for products made in Poland."


The optical brighteners listed, Heliofor PN, Heliofor PB, and Heliofor PBX, are said to be used for surface brightening of papers.


Classification of certain optical brighteners and the possibility of a lower rate of duty than the 8.1 per cent ad valorem provided for "Most Favored Nations."


Herliofors are considered bistriazine derivatives of diaminostilbenesulfonic acids.

Products of Poland are entitled to the "General" rates of duty; however, under certain conditions (see enclosure), products from Poland may qualify for duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).


The Heliofors described are classifiable under the provision for other synthetic organic products of a kind used as fluorescent brightening agents in subheading 3204.20.5000, HTSUS, at a rate of duty of 8.1 percent ad valorem, or, if conditions are met, are duty free under the GSP.


John Durant, Director
Commercial Rulings Division

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