Tariff Classification Advance Ruling
Chix® Foodservice Towel with Microban® Protection


Mr. Frank Cristante
Chicopee Inc.
300-9335 Harris Corners Parkway
Charlotte, NC  28269

Date of issuance of ruling:

This is in response to a request submitted on your behalf by UTi Canada Inc. for an advance ruling on the tariff classification of a Chix® Foodservice Towel with Microban® Protection. This product is exported by Berkley Medical Resources, 700 Mountain Drive, Smithfield, PA.

TRS Number: 272170
Classification Number: 5603.12.00.89
Effective Date:

Product Description

The Chix® Foodservice Towel with Microban® Protection is designed for general surface cleaning in professional kitchens and restaurants. The sample provided measures approximately 30 cm wide x 61 cm long, consists of a blue nonwoven of man-made filaments (approximately 58% by weight of rayon and 42% by weight of polyester) and weighs approximately 68 g/m². The nonwoven towel is printed in blue with the words "CHIX" and "MICROBAN" running along both side edges.

Based on the information provided, Microban® is an antimicrobial additive, intended to combat the growth of odor and stain causing bacteria, yeasts, molds and fungi that commonly get trapped in foodservice towels. Microban® liquid is introduced during production of the non-woven material by mixing the additive with rayon and polyester fibers and then going through a drying process after hydro-entangling.

Analysis and Justification

Heading 56.03 provides for non-wovens, whether or not impregnated, coated, covered or laminated. Consideration is given to the Explanatory Notes to this heading which state in part:

Except where they are covered more specifically by other headings in the Nomenclature, the heading covers nonwovens in the piece, cut to length or simply cut to rectangular (including square) shape from larger pieces without other working, whether or not presented folded or put up in packings (e.g., for retail sale).

This good is a non-woven meeting the technical requirements of heading 56.03. As the sample provided weighs approximately 68 g/m², the towel is classified under Subheading 5603.12.


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 (WCO) 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 Chix® Foodservice Towel with Microban® Protection is classified under 5603.12.00.89 as a nonwoven, of man-made filaments, weighing more than 25 g/m² but not more than 70 g/m², by application of General Interpretative Rule #1.

Legislative/Administrative References

This ruling has been issued under paragraph 43.1(1)(c) of the Customs Act and will be honoured by the 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

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