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NY H86134

December 13, 2001

CLA-2-39:RR:NC:SP:237 H86134


TARIFF NO.: 3912.39.0000

Mr. Joseph j. Chivini
Director of Operations
Austin Chemical Company, Inc.
1565 Barclay Boulevard
Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089

RE: The tariff classification of hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (CAS-9004-65-3) from China.

Dear Mr. Chivini:

In your letter dated November 27, 2001 you requested a tariff classification ruling for hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (CAS-9004-65-3) imported for use in producing a neutraceutical intermediate.

The applicable subheading for hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (CAS-9004-65-3) 3912.39.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), which provides for other cellulose ethers. The rate of duty is 4.2 percent ad valorem. This rate of duty will remain the same in the year 2002.

This merchandise may be subject to the requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. You may contact them at 402 M Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20460, telephone number (202) 554-1404, or at EPA Region II telephone number (908) 321-6669.

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 Frank Cantone at 646-733-3038.


Robert B. Swierupski

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