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NY E88552

December 8, 1999

CLA-2-29:RR:NC:2:240 E88552


TARIFF NO.: 2918.19.9000

Mr. Joseph J. Chivini
Austin Chemical Company, Inc.
1565 Barclay Boulevard
Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089

RE: The tariff classification of 2-Hydroxyisobutyric acid methyl ester (CAS # 2110-78-3) from Japan

Dear Mr. Chivini:

In your letter dated September 27, 1999, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

2-Hydroxyisobutyric acid methyl ester is a monocarboxylic acid used as a chemical intermediate.

The applicable subheading for 2-Hydroxyisobutyric acid methyl ester, also known as 2-Hydroxy-2-methylpropanoic acid, methyl ester will be 2918.19.9000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for Carboxylic acids with alcohol function but without other oxygen function, their anhydrides, halides, peroxides, peroxyacids and their derivatives: Other: Other: Other..... The rate of duty will be 4 percent ad valorem.

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 Stephanie Joseph at 212-637-7066.


Robert B. Swierupski

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