Tariff Classification Advance Ruling
After Baby Belly Belt

Applicant

Ms. Nina Zampini
Reitmans Inc.
250 Sauvé Street West
Montréal, QC  H3L 1Z2

Date of issuance of ruling: March 10, 2016

This is in response to your request for an advance ruling on the tariff classification of Knitted "After Baby Belly Belt" T20-57564S.  This product is manufactured by/exported from Wenzhou Haojie Leather Co Ltd, Shuitou Town, Pingyang, Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China.

TRS Number: 273137
Classification Number: 6212.90.00.00
Effective Date: March 10, 2016

Product Description

The submitted product, referred to as a post-pregnancy belt, is meant to be worn after pregnancy to provide gentle and firm belly support. It features Velcro closure, stretchy mesh type fabric and vertical boning in the back area.

Analysis and Justification

Note 1 b) to Chapter 90 states that supporting belts or other support articles of textile material, whose intended effect on the organ to be supported or held derives solely from their elasticity (for example, maternity belts, […]), are to be classified under Section XI.

Heading 62.12 covers, inter alia, articles of a kind designed for wear as body-supporting garments. These articles may be made of any textile material. According to Explanatory Note to heading 62.12, maternity, post-pregnancy or similar supporting or corrective belts, not being orthopaedic appliances as defined in Note 6 to Chapter 90, are covered under heading 62.12.

Decision

Section 10 of the Customs Tariff directs that classification of imported goods shall be determined in accordance with the General Rules for the Interpretation of the Harmonized System. Section 11 of the Customs Tariff states that in interpreting the headings and subheadings, regard shall be had to the World Customs Organization's Explanatory Notes to the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System.

General Interpretative Rule 1 (GIR 1) directs that titles of Sections, Chapters and sub-Chapters are provided for ease of reference only. For legal purposes, classification shall be determined according to the terms of the heading and any relative Section and Chapter Notes.  Similarly, General Interpretative Rule 6 (GIR 6) directs that classification shall be determined according to the terms of those subheadings and any related Subheading Notes.

The "After Baby Belly Belt" T20-57564S is classified under tariff classification number 6212.90.00.00 of the Canadian Customs Tariff. This classification is in accordance with GIR 1 and 6 of the Harmonized System.

Legislative/Administrative References

This ruling has been issued under paragraph 43.1(1)(c) of the Customs Act and will be honoured by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for future importations of the goods specified, provided the material facts and circumstances remain as originally presented; all conditions in the ruling have been met; the ruling has not been modified, revoked, revised, or cancelled; and the Customs Tariff legislation has not changed. Should there be a change in the material facts or circumstances pertaining to the goods, you must notify the CBSA as soon as possible. You may request that the advance ruling be modified or revoked as of the date of the change.

Importers should quote the advance ruling number at the time of importation in either the description field of the B3 entry document or on the Canada Customs Invoice. Exporters or producers should quote the advance ruling number on the Certificate of Origin or commercial invoice accompanying the goods.

Should you disagree with this advance ruling, you may file a dispute notice under subsection 60(2) of the Customs Act within 90 days of the date of issuance.  Please see the procedures outlined in Appendix C of the CBSA's Memorandum D11-11-3, Advance Rulings for Tariff Classification.

This advance ruling is considered 'reason to believe' for the purposes of section 32.2 of the Customs Act and the CBSA's Administrative Monetary Penalty System, described in Memorandum D22-1-1.

All Memoranda referenced in this letter may be accessed on the CBSA website.

Consent to the Public Release of the Advance Ruling

As per your consent statement, we will release this advance ruling to the public, in both official languages, in accordance with the procedures described in Memorandum D11-11-3. The ruling will be published on the CBSA website in 30 days.

CBSA Contact

Mark Grant
Manager, Tariff Policy Unit 'B'
Trade Policy Division
Headquarters, Ottawa

File Number

C-2015-011956

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