Import Administration
Silicomanganese from Venezuela (A-307-820)

Scope Description:

For purposes of these orders, the products covered are all forms,
sizes and compositions of silicomanganese, except low-carbon
silicomanganese, including silicomanganese briquettes, fines and slag.
Silicomanganese is a ferroalloy composed principally of manganese,
silicon and iron, and normally contains much smaller proportions of
minor elements, such as carbon, phosphorous and sulfur. Silicomanganese
is sometimes referred to as ferrosilicon manganese. Silicomanganese is
used primarily in steel production as a source of both silicon and
manganese. Silicomanganese generally contains by weight not less than 4
percent iron, more than 30 percent manganese, more than 8 percent
silicon and not more than 3 percent phosphorous. Silicomanganese is
properly classifiable under subheading 7202.30.0000 of the Harmonized
Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Some silicomanganese may
also be classified under HTSUS subheading 7202.99.8040. This scope
covers all silicomanganese, regardless of its tariff classification.
Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and U.S.
Customs Service (Customs) purposes, our written description of the
scope remains dispositive.
The low-carbon silicomanganese excluded from this scope is a
ferroalloy with the following chemical specifications: minimum 55
percent manganese, minimum 27 percent silicon, minimum 4 percent iron,
maximum 0.10 percent phosphorus, maximum 0.10 percent carbon and
maximum 0.05 percent sulfur. Low-carbon silicomanganese is used in the
manufacture of stainless steel and special carbon steel grades, such as
motor lamination grade steel, requiring a very low carbon content. It
is sometimes referred to as ferromanganese-silicon. Low-carbon
silicomanganese is classifiable under HTSUS subheading 7202.99.8040.

Source: 67 FR 36149 (May 23, 2002)
Note that HTSUS numbers are subject to change. For example, the subject merchandise that would originally have entered under 7202.99.5040 would now enter under 7202.99.8040.