Tariff Classification Advance Ruling
Styling Doll’s Head


Ms. Corrie Van Wyk
Emerson Summers Canada
2666 Royal Windsor Dr.
Mississauga ON L5J4N1

Date of issuance of ruling:

This is in response to your request for an advance ruling on the tariff classification of Styling Doll’s Head. This product is exported from Cheungs Hair Beauty Co. Ltd., PRC, China.

TRS Number: 276053
Classification Number: 9023.00.00.00
Effective Date:

Product Description

This item is a styling dolls head representing a human head. It is used to aid in the practical training of cosmetology students. The hair on the head is not removable, nor is it retractable. All parts of the head are attached to the plastic base, which can be attached to a table, stand or other device.

Analysis and Justification

You have proposed that the Styling Dolls Head be classified as 9503.0090.18 which covers “parts of dolls representing only human beings”.

The descriptive information provided within the Advance Ruling request notes that this item is “used to aid practicum for cosmetology students” and, therefore, is not a “doll”, within the scope of heading 95.03. This item is not a toy for the amusement or entertainment of children.

The item under review falls within the scope of heading 90.23 (more specifically, 9023.00.00.00), which covers “Instruments, apparatus and models, designed for demonstrational purposes (for example, in education or exhibitions), unsuitable for other uses.”


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 Styling Doll’s Head is classified under 9023.00.00.00 by application of General Interpretative Rules 1 and 6.

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 as described in Memorandum D22-1-1, Administrative Monetary Penalty System.

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.

CBSA Contact

Mark Grant
Manager, Tariff Policy Unit B
Trade Policy Division
Headquarters, Ottawa

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