Mr. Eric Lacasse
Canac-Marquis Grenier Ltée
6235 Wilfrid-Hamel Blvd.
L'Ancienne-Lorette, QC G2E 5W2
Date of issuance of ruling: October 20, 2015
This is in response to a request submitted on your behalf by ALB Consulting Group Inc.for an advance ruling on the tariff classification of a 20-Watt Halogen Bulb. This product is manufactured by and exported from Keystore International MCO, Carlos D'Assumpcao, Macau, China.
|Effective Date:||October 20, 2015|
According to the sample submitted, the product is a 20-watt halogen bulb to be used in low voltage lighting systems (12 volts). It is an incandescence lamp with a GU5.3 bi-pin base and a quartz envelope. It features a 2-inch multifaceted reflector (MR16) made of glass. It does not come with the lens.
Analysis and Justification
Electric filament lamps are covered under heading 85.39. Considering the absence of a lens, the item cannot be referred to as a sealed beam lamp unit as described in Part (A) of the Explanatory Note to heading 85.39. As presented, it is a halogen lamp as mentioned in Part (B) of the Explanatory Note to heading 85.39. Based on the aforementioned, the good at issue is classified under subheading 8539.21, which provides for "other filament lamps, excluding ultra-violet or infra-red lamps; tungsten halogen".
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 20-Watt Halogen Bulb at issue is classified under 8539.21.00.11 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 Canada Border Services Agency (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.
Manager, Tariff Policy Unit 'B'
Trade Policy Division
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