Tariff Classification Advance Ruling
Golden Omega Fish Oil TG3322


Janet Shay
Ascenta Health Limited
4-15 Garland Avenue
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B3B 0A6

Date of issuance of ruling:

This is in response to a request, submitted on your behalf by Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, for an advance ruling on the tariff classification of Golden Omega Fish Oil TG3322 exported by Marine Ingredients, Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania.

TRS Number: 270359
Classification Number: 1517.90.99.00
Effective Date:

Product Description

The Golden Omega TG3322 is a light yellow fish oil concentrate composed of at least 50% triglycerides, which have been chemically modified by trans-esterification, at most 5% ethyl esters, at most 3% oligomers and partial glycerides and small amounts of other components. This product is obtained from anchovy, sardine and mackerel. The product also contains tocopherols (anti-oxidants). It will be imported in 190 kg steel drums for use in the manufacture of food supplements.

Analysis and Justification

Your agent requested classification as a medicament, under 3003.90.00.90. The Guidelines and General Information section to the Departmental Memorandum 10-14-30, Tariff Classification of Medicaments Including Natural Health Products, states that a product can be classified as a medicament under heading 30.03 or 30.04 if it satisfies the following criteria:

Legal Note 1(a) to Chapter 30 excludes food supplements, therefore, the Golden Omega Fish Oil does not meet the terms of heading 30.03.

Heading 15.16 covers animal or vegetable fats and oils and their fractions, partly or wholly hydrogenated, inter-esterified, re-esterified or elaidinized, whether or not refined, but not further prepared. Since this product has undergone trans-esterification it is excluded from this heading.

Heading 15.17 covers "margarine and edible mixtures or preparations of animal or vegetable fats, or oils, or of fractions of different fats, or oils of this Chapter; other than edible fats, or oils, or their fractions of heading 15.16." Since this product is not margarine, imitation lard, butter substitute, shortening, palm oil or palm kernel oil it is classified as other edible mixtures or preparations of animal oils.


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 Golden Omega TG 3322 Fish Oil is classified 1517.90.99.00 by application of GIR 1 and 6; and Legal Note 1(a) Chapter 30.

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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