Tariff Classification Advance Ruling
Trailer brake turn signal light


Mr. Kevin Bell
G.J. Bell International Trucks Ltd.
2030 1st Avenue North
Saskatoon, SK
S7K 2A1

Date of issuance of ruling: February 11, 2016

This is in response to your request for an advance ruling on behalf of G.J. Bell International Trucks Ltd. for the tariff classification of a trailer brake turn signal light. This product is manufactured by Truck-Lite Co., 310 East Elmwood Avenue, Falconer, NY, 14733 and exported from Aura Parts & Accessories, 500 South Enterprise Blvd., Lebanon, Indiana, 46052.

TRS Number: 270804
Classification Number: 8512.20.00.20
Effective Date: February 11, 2016

Product Description

The product is a trailer brake turn signal light used to forewarn the public that the trailer will be stopping or turning.

Analysis and Justification

Item 9 to the Explanatory Note to heading 85.12 provides an example of illuminated triangles for vehicles with trailers, which are classified in heading 85.12. The goods at issue are trailer brake turn signal lights, which perform a similar function of being an electrical visual signaling apparatus for vehicles with trailers. Similar electrical visual signaling apparatus for vehicles with trailers are classified in heading 85.12.

The goods are excluded from classification in heading 85.31 by the terms of the heading text, and the Explanatory Notes to heading 85.31.

Note 2(f) to Section XII excludes electrical machinery and equipment from classification in Section XVII. The General Explanatory Notes to Section XVII, as well as the Explanatory Notes to heading 87.16, support the exclusion of the goods at issue from classification in heading 87.16 as a part.


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 trailer Brake Turn Signal Lights at issue are classified in 8512.20.00.20 in accordance with General Interpretative Rules 1 and 6.

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 paragraph 40 of the CBSA's Memorandum D11-11-3, Advance Rulings for Tariff Classification.

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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