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NY 850301

CLA-2-90:S:N:N1:119 850301


TARIFF NO.: 9018.90.8000

Mr. Carl-Anders Sjoberg
Market Consultant, Health Care
Swedish Trade Council USA
150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1200
Chicago, Il 60601-7594

RE: The tariff classification of blood sampling lancet from Sweden.

Dear Mr. Sjoberg:

In your letter dated March 6, 1990, on behalf of Clean Chemical Sweden AB, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The blood sampling lancet is a plastic disposable device that measures only about 3/4 of an inch in length and consists of a barrel and a plunger containing a metal prong with a sharp flattened tip. When the barrel is placed against the finger and the plunger is pushed in, the sharp metal tip protrudes by about 1/16th of an inch out of the barrel and perforates the skin.

Whether imported sterile or not, the classification of the lancet would be the same.

The applicable subheading for the blood sampling lancet will be 9018.90.8000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for instruments and appliances used in medical, surgical, dental or veterinary sciences ... other: other. The rate of duty will be 7.9 percent.

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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