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NY E87690

December 27, 1999

CLA-2-29:RR:NC:2:239 E87690


TARIFF NO.: 2933.79.0900

Mr. Jack D. Mlawski
Galvin & Mlawski
440 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016-8067

RE: The tariff classification of P-Nitrobenzyl-(2R,5R,6S)-6-((R )-1-Hydroxyethyl)-3,7-Dioxo-1-Azabicyclo(3.2.0)Heptane-2-Carboxylate (CAS 75363-99-4) from Japan.

Dear Mr. Mlawski:

In your letter dated September 17, 1999, on behalf of your client Merck & Co., Inc., you requested a tariff classification ruling for P-Nitrobenzyl-(2R,5R,6S)-6-((R )-1-Hydroxyethyl)-3,7-Dioxo-1-Azabicyclo(3.2.0)Heptane-2-Carboxylate which is used as a pharmaceutical intermediate in the synthesis of imipenim (antibiotic).

The applicable subheading will be 2933.79.0900, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for heterocyclic compounds with nitrogen hetero-atom(s) only: aromatic lactams: other. Pursuant to General Note 13 to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule this product is free of duty.

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 Andrew Stone at 212-637-7063.


Robert B. Swierupski

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