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NY G80199

August 9, 2000

CLA-2-29:RR:NC:2:238 G80199


TARIFF NO.: 2939.10.2000

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

RE: The tariff classification of Buprenorphine Hydrochloride (CAS-53152-21-9), imported in bulk form, from England

Dear Mr. Chivini:

In your letter dated July 20, 2000, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The subject product, Buprenorphine Hydrochloride, is a semisynthetic opioid analgesic drug, derived from Thebaine, a naturally occurring alkaloid found in opium.

The applicable subheading for Buprenorphine Hydrochloride, imported in bulk form, will be 2939.10.2000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for "{V]egetable alkaloids, natural or reproduced by synthesis, and their salts, ethers, esters and other derivatives: Alkaloids of opium and their derivatives; salts thereof: Other: Synthetic." The rate of duty will be free.

This merchandise may be subject to the requirements of the Controlled Substances Act and/or the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act, which are administered by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). You may contact them at 1405 I Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20460, telephone number (202) 307-1000.

This merchandise may also be subject to the requirements of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which is administered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. You may contact them at 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857, telephone number 301-443-1544. 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 Harvey Kuperstein at 212-637-7068.


Robert B. Swierupski

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