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NY M82868

May 5, 2006

CLA-2-14:RR:NC:N2:228 M82868


TARIFF NO.: 1404.90.0000

Mr. Thomas O’Donnell
Rodriguez O’Donnell Ross Fuerst
Gonzalez Williams & England
8430 West Bryn Mawr Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631

RE: The tariff classification of fungal biomass from Italy

Dear Mr. O’Donnell:

In your letter dated April 14, 2006, on behalf of Martek Biosciences Corporation, Columbia, MD, you requested a tariff classification ruling.

A sample and description of the production process were provided. The sample was examined and disposed of. The product is a dry material in the form of inedible, brittle, brown-colored rods, approximately 2 millimeters in diameter and less than one centimeter in length, prepared from the fungus Mortierella alpina. The fungus grows in and is collected from a fermentation broth that develops in a glucose-containing medium. The broth is pasteurized, the fungus is harvested by filtration, washed with water, extruded into pellets, and dried. After importation the fungal biomass will be subjected to a hexane process to extract the arachidonic acid, which will be used to make an enriched oil that will be used as an ingredient in infant formulas.

The applicable subheading for the fungal biomass will be 1404.90.0000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), which provides for vegetable products not elsewhere specified or includedother. The rate of duty will be free.

Duty rates are provided for your convenience and are subject to change. The text of the most recent HTSUS and the accompanying duty rates are provided on World Wide Web at http://www.usitc.gov/tata/hts/.

This merchandise is subject to The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (The Bioterrorism Act), which is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Information on the Bioterrorism Act can be obtained by calling FDA at 301-575-0156, or at the Web site www.fda.gov/oc/bioterrorism/bioact.html.

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 Stanley Hopard at 646-733-3029.


Robert B. Swierupski

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