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NY J87473

July 25, 2003

CLA-2-90:RR:NC:N1:105 J87473


TARIFF NO.: 9018.50.0000

Mr. Ravi Nallakrishnan
American Surgical Instruments Corp.
26 Plaza Drive
Westmont, IL 60559

RE: The tariff classification of Disposable sterile surgical scalpel blades from Japan

Dear Mr. Nallakrishnan:

In your letter dated July 14, 2003, you requested a tariff classification ruling. No samples were supplied.

You describe the imports as “Disposable sterile surgical blades for ophthalmic procedures.” Their ophthalmic use is supported by the names given them in the flyer, for example, the Cornea Blade and the Scleratome Blade.

You propose classification in HTS 9018.90. However, HTS 9018.50 is more specific than “other”.

The applicable subheading for the imports will be 9018.50.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for “other” ophthalmic instruments and appliances and parts and accessories thereof. The rate of duty will be free.

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 J. Sheridan at 646-733-3012.


Robert B. Swierupski

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