Mr. Greg Friedman
Sunbeam Corporation (Canada) Limited
20B Hereford Street
Brampton, ON L6Y 0M1
Date of issuance of ruling:
This is in response to your request for an advance ruling on the tariff classification of a Replacement Valve Assembly, product number 286A6571. This product is exported from the Coleman Company – Gardner Plant of Olathe, Kansas.
This is a hand operated, replacement fuel valve assembly for the Coleman 286 series propane lanterns. It is comprised of a forged and cast brass valve body with an attached plastic feed tube assembly and a plastic knob with fastening screw. The valve body and feed tube assembly sit inside the collar and fount assembly of the lantern, while the plastic knob attaches to the outside of the collar. The knob is turned to the 'high' position to light the lantern and may then be adjusted through the 'high' to 'low' positions to regulate the flow of fuel and the amount of brightness given off by the lantern. To turn the lantern off, the knob is turned to the 'off' position.
Analysis and Justification
Heading 84.81 of the Customs Tariff provides for taps, cocks, valves and similar appliances. The Explanatory Notes to this heading state that it covers such articles "used on or in pipes, tanks, vats or the like to regulate the flow (for supply, discharge, etc.), of fluids (liquid, viscous or gaseous) ..." The replacement fuel valve, which regulates the flow of propane within a lantern, meets the terms of heading 84.81 and is appropriately included therein.
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 Replacement Valve Assembly, product number 286A6571, is classified under 8481.80.00.59 by GIR 1 and 6.
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.
Please be advised that the goods covered by this advance ruling are provided for in a specific tariff provision that 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. In the event that you have been classifying these goods elsewhere in the tariff, you are obligated to self-correct. See Memorandum D11-6-6 for information on self-correction/self-adjustment.
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.
Manager, Tariff Policy Unit 'B'
Trade Policy Division
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