Tariff Classification Advance Ruling
“Decorated Halloween Fabric with Bats Item #HDHK31966”


Mr. Mike Giambattisto
Dandon Décor Inc.
3425, Douglas B Floréani
Saint-Laurent, Quebec  H4S 1Y6

Date of issuance of ruling: March 18, 2016

This is in response to your request for an advance ruling on the tariff classification of "Decorated Halloween Fabric with Bats Item #HDHK31966". This product is manufactured by/exported from Jiangsu Zunyi Gifts and Craft Co Ltd, Hongze, Huian City, Jiangsu Province, China.

TRS Number: 273440
Classification Number: 9505.90.00.90
Effective Date: March 18, 2016

Product Description

The submitted article is a Halloween decoration comprising a net-style textile web and six plastic-shaped bats that can easily be positioned anywhere on the net-style textile web. The article is packaged in a bag with a header card.

Analysis and Justification

The submitted product is intended as a decoration to decorate an indoor room for Halloween. This decoration is designed with a theme appropriate to the festive occasion of Halloween and is not intended to be used year round. The product therefore meets the terms of heading 95.05 which provides, in part, for "Festive, carnival or other entertainment articles".


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.

It is classified under tariff classification number 9505.90.00.90 of the Customs Tariff. This classification is in accordance with General Interpretive Rule #1 and 6 of the Harmonized System.

Legislative/Administrative References

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 D-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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