Tariff Classification Advance Ruling
Chicken breast stuffed with cheese, and prosciutto ham


Mr. Ed Wassenaar
Canex Foods Ltd.
250 – 4320 Viking Way
Richmond, BC  V6V 2L4

Date of issuance of ruling:

This is in response to your request for an advance ruling on the tariff classification of chicken breast stuffed with cheese, and prosciutto ham (Product # 53439). This product is manufactured by Koch Foods, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

TRS Number: 276277
Classification Number: 1602.32.92.10
Effective Date:

Product Description

The product included in this request is stuffed chicken breast with cheese and prosciutto ham. According to the literature provided the product consists of 75% boneless, skinless chicken breast with rib meat, 14.4% filling of cheese and ham and a topical solution of 1.9%. Each chicken breast comes in an 8 ounce serving sizes.

Analysis and Justification

The goods meet legal note 2 to Chapter 16, which provides that food preparations fall in this Chapter provided that they contain more than 20% by weight of meat. The goods are prepared chicken products and meet the terms of subheading 1602.32, of fowls of the species “Gallus domesticus”.

In order to meet the terms of the tariff item, the goods must meet the Supplementary Note 1 to the tariff item, “specially defined mixtures”, which provides that “13% or more of the total weight of the product is comprised of goods other than the following: chicken, turkey, bread or breading, batter, oil, glazing, other coatings and bastes, and any added water. The stuffed chicken breasts contain 14.4% filling by weight and therefore meet the terms of the definition.


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.

In accordance with GIR 1 and 6, and Canadian Interpretive Rule 1, these products meet the terms of 1602.32.92.10, specially defined mixtures, of chicken, other than in cans or glass jars.

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 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.

CBSA Contact

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

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