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NY J82687

March 27, 2003

CLA-2-29:RR:NC:2:238 J82687


TARIFF NO.: 2939.99.0000

Mr. Jonathan Hupert
Biddle Sawyer Corporation
21 Penn Plaza
360 West 31st Street
New York, NY 10001

RE: The tariff classification of Irinotecan (CAS-97682-44-5), imported in bulk form, from Taiwan

Dear Mr. Hupert:

In your letter dated March 19, 2003, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The subject product, Irinotecan, is a semisynthetic derivative of Camptothecin, a quinoline-based alkaloid found in the bark of the Chinese camptotheca tree and the Asian nothapodytes tree. Like Topotecan hydrochloride (another semisynthetic derivative of Camptothecin), Irinotecan is also indicated for use as an antineoplastic drug.

The applicable subheading for Irinotecan, imported in bulk form, will be 2939.99.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for “Vegetable alkaloids, natural or reproduced by synyhesis, and their salts, ethers, esters and other derivatives: Other: Other.” The rate of duty will be free.

This merchandise may 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 646-733-3033.


Robert B. Swierupski

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