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NY I80880





May 2, 2002

CLA-2-29:RR:NC:2:240 I80880

CATEGORY: CLASSIFICATION

TARIFF NO.: 2918.19.6000

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

RE: The tariff classification of (-)-L-Malic acid, CAS # 97-67-6, imported in bulk form, from Japan

Dear Mr. Chivini:

In your letter dated April 16, 2002, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The subject product, (-)-L-Malic acid, also known as Butanedioic acid, hydroxy-, (2S)-, is indicated for use as a pharmaceutical intermediate.

The applicable subheading for (-)-L-Malic acid will be 2918.19.6000, 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: Malic acid.. 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 646-733-3268.

Sincerely,

Robert B. Swierupski
Director,

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