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NY L81920

January 19, 2005

CLA-2-29:RR:NC:2:238 L81920


TARIFF NO.: 2932.29.5050

Ms. Inge Forstenzer
Ren-Pharm International, Ltd.
350 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 204
Jericho, NY 11753-1317

RE: The tariff classification of Lovastatin (CAS-75330-75-5), imported in bulk form, from Taiwan

Dear Ms. Forstenzer:

In your letter dated January 7, 2005, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

The subject product, Lovastatin, is a cholesterol-lowering agent isolated from a strain of Aspergillus terreus. It acts as an inhibitor of HMG-CoA reductase, the rate-limiting enzyme in the biosynthesis of cholesterol.

The applicable subheading for Lovastatin, imported in bulk form, will be 2932.29.5050, Harmonized Tariff of the United States (HTS), which provides for “Heterocyclic compounds with oxygen hetero-atom(s) only: Lactones: Other Lactones: Other: Other.” Pursuant to General Note 13, HTS, 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 1-888-443-6332.

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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