Mr. Curtis Willardson
Blendtec, Inc. DBA Blendtec
1206 S. 1680 W.
Orem, UT 84058
Date of issuance of ruling:
This is in response to your request for an advance ruling on the tariff classification of WildSide Jar, a replacement jar for a Blendtec blender. This product is manufactured by Blendtec, Inc. of Orem UT.
The WildSide jar is a copolyester resin blender jar for use with a Blendtec blender. This jar is designed for use exclusively with the Blandtec blender motor base as the blender's drive shaft has been intentionally engineered to fit only with Blendtec motor bases' drive shaft receiver. The jar's base contains a hardened metal shaft with a blunt steel blade affixed to the end. The shaft and blade are held in place by a rubber gasket sealed in place by the same co-polyester resin. The jar includes an air tight rubber lid to seal in contents during blending operations.
Analysis and Justification
Departmental Memorandum D10-0-1 Classification of Parts and Accessories in the Customs Tariff, defines a part as "an identifiable component of an article, machine, apparatus, equipment, appliance or specific good which is integral to the design and essential to the function of the product in which it is used". The WildSide jar is designed specifically to form a complete unit with the Blendtec blender, it has no alternative function and is necessary for the safe and prudent use of the blender. The jar cannot be attached to the blender machine without the base component. Accordingly, it is considered to be a part of a blender machine.
Legal Note 2(b) to Section XVI reads, in pertinent part, "Other parts, if suitable for use solely or principally with a particular kind of machine, or with a number of machines of the same heading (including a machine of heading 84.79 or 85.43) are to be classified with the machines of that kind or in heading 84.09, 84.31, 84.48, 84.66, 84.73, 85.03, 85.22, 85.29 or 85.38 as appropriate.
Heading 85.09 provides for electro-mechanical domestic appliances, with self-contained electric motor, other than vacuum cleaners of heading 85.08. Subheading 8509.90 provides for parts of such appliances.
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 WildSide Jar is classified in 8509.90.20.90 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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