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NY N024113

March 5, 2008



TARIFF NO.: 2207.10.6000; 9901.00.50

Mr. Jose Humberto Torres
Lifetime Energy Solutions Corp.
P.O. Box 131
Caguas, Puerto Rico 00726

RE: Tariff classification of anhydrous ethanol for fuel use from Brazil or Costa Rica

Dear Mr. Torres:

In your letter received on February 29, 2008 you requested a ruling on the tariff classification and eligibility for preferential duty treatment of undenatured anhydrous ethanol produced in Costa Rica or Brazil and imported into Puerto Rico for blending into gasoline.

Undenatured anhydrous ethanol is classifiable in 2207.10.6000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), which provides for undenatured ethyl alcohol of an alcoholic strength by volume of 80 percent volume or higher: for nonbeverage purposes. The rate of duty will be 2.5 percent ad valorem.

Importations under subheadings 2207.10.6000 and 2207.20.0000, HTSUS, are subject to an added duty of 14.27 cents per liter assessed on ethyl alcohol imported for fuel use in subheading 9901.00.50, HTSUS. A Federal Excise Tax of $13.50 per proof gallon may apply.

Articles classifiable under subheading 2207.10.6000 and 9901.00.50, HTSUS, which are products of Costa Rica, may be entitled to duty free treatment under the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), upon compliance with all applicable regulations.

Articles classifiable under subheading 2207.10.6000 or 2207.20.0000 and 9901.00.50, HTSUS, which are products of Brazil, are not entitled to duty free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and the above rates of duty apply.

To obtain the weekly commodity status report for ethyl alcohol subject to tariff rate quotas check the U.S. Customs web site at http://www.cbp.gov. At the web site click on “CEBB” then search for the term “textiles and quotas”.

Additional requirements are imposed on ethyl alcohol by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (National Revenue Center). Undenatured alcohol transferred in bond to a distilled spirits plant for fuel use may be exempt from the Federal Excise Tax provided all applicable regulations are met. You may contact them at 650 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20226, phone (202) 927-8500 or (800) 398-2282.

This merchandise may be subject to the requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. You may contact them at 402 M Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20460, phone (202) 554-1404.

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. For any questions regarding the ruling, contact National Import Specialist Frank Cantone at 646-733-3038.


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