Tariff Classification Advance Ruling
Chrisal Water Plus Probiotic-Bacterial Ferment of live bacteria


John Edwards
Jonkman Equipment Ltd.
28355 Fraser Hwy
Abbotsford BC  V4X 1K9

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This is in response to your request submitted on behalf of Jonkman Equipment Ltd. for an advance ruling on the tariff classification of Chrisal Water Plus Probiotic-Bacterial Ferment of live bacteria. This product is manufactured by Chrisal NV/SA, Lommel, Belgium.

TRS Number: 270402
Classification Number: 3002.90.00.99
Effective Date:

Product Description

Chrisal Water Plus is a colourless to cloudy white liquid, containing 1-10% live bacterial strains of the genus Bacillus. The product is used in animal drinking systems, water towers and air conditioning systems to destroy biofilms that can be naturally occurring in water systems.

Analysis and Justification

This product is best described as "cultures of micro-organisms" of heading 30.02. Explanatory Note (D) to heading 30.02 indicates that the heading covers "Vaccines, toxins, cultures of micro-organisms (excluding yeasts) and similar products". This includes cultures of micro-organisms for technical purposes.


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 Chrisal Water Plus Probiotic-Bacterial Ferment of live bacteria is classified under 3002.90.00.99 as "culture of micro-organisms" in accordance with GIR 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 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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