Tariff Classification Advance Ruling
Slate Tile Interface (Item No. HOP-TRH-09)


Mr. Bin Wang
Amray Solar
3159 Underhill Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5A 3C8

Date of issuance of ruling: March 29, 2017

This is in response to your request for an advance ruling on the tariff classification of the Slate Tile Interface (Item No. HOP-TRH-09). This product is exported by Hopergy Photovoltaic Technology, Xiamen, China.

TRS Number: 277203
Classification Number: 8302.49.00.90
Effective Date: March 29, 2017

Product Description

The product at issue is a stainless steel bracket) used to mount a solar racking system to a roof. The product measures 200 mm x 30 mm x 120 mm and weighs 0.359 kg.

Analysis and Justification

Chapter 83 provides for miscellaneous articles of base metal. The Explanatory Note to Chapter 83 states the following:

“Whereas in Chapters 73 to 76 and 78 to 81 articles are classified according to a specific metal, this Chapter, like Chapter 82, covers certain particular classes of goods irrespective of the base metal of which they are composed.”

Heading 83.02 provides for base metal mountings, fittings and similar articles. The Explanatory Note to this heading states the following:

“This heading covers general purpose classes of base metal accessory fittings and mountings, such as are used largely on furniture, doors, windows, coachwork, etc. Goods within such general classes remain in this heading even if they are designed for particular uses (e.g., door handles or hinges for automobiles).”


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 Slate Tile Interface bracket (Item No. HOP-TRH-09) is classified under 8302.49.00.90 by application of GIR 1.

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.

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 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

Aveluy Ramsay
A/Manager, Tariff Policy Unit ‘B’
Trade Policy Division
Headquarters, Ottawa

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