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Regarding classification of Octagonal Steel Columns for Lamp Posts and like products - regarding
April, 12th 2013
                                                              Circular No.17 / 2013 - Customs

                                F.No. 528/94/2012-STO (TU)
                                     Government of India
                                      Ministry of Finance
                                   Department of Revenue
                              Central Board of Excise & Customs
                                          Tariff Unit
                                                              229-A, North Block, New Delhi
                                                                             11th April, 2013


All Chief Commissioners of Customs/ Customs (Prev.)/ C&CE,
All Directors General of CBEC,
All Commissioners of Customs / Customs (Prev.) / C&CE
All Commissioners of Customs & Central Excise (Appeals).

Sir / Madam,

Subject: Classification of Octagonal Steel Columns for Lamp Posts and like products -
       It has come to the notice of the Board that there is lack of uniformity in classification of
Steel Columns, poles, towers and articles of like nature under the Customs Tariff Act (CTA),
1975. In order to ensure uniformity in classification of similar / identical goods the issue was
examined in Board.

2.     Brief description of the goods as an illustration is given below:

Octagonal steel columns, measuring between 4 and 9 metres, presented unassembled with
the following elements:
- tubular brackets, 60 mm in diameter, comprising one or more branches equipped with a
fixing or fastening device for the lighting sources,
- anchor bolts to attach these columns to the ground, and,
- a pack of accessories to assemble the constituent parts (bolts, nuts, washers).

The columns and their elements are not fitted with electrical devices or with a lighting
3.    Pursuant to the description of the above mentioned goods, it is inferred that the main
two headings which merit consideration for the classification of products at issue is: either
heading 94.05 as parts of lamps or heading 73.08 covering metal structures. The other
headings which may also be considered for the classification are:
      Headings 73.04, 73.05 or 73.06 as tubes and pipes of iron or steel;
      Heading 73.08 as structures of iron or steel;
      Heading 73.26 as other articles of iron or steel; and
      Heading 94.05 as parts of lamps.

4.     The classification of the products in question as tubes and pipes is ruled out since
tubes and pipes or other hollow profiles which are made up into specific identifiable articles
or parts of articles are excluded from classification as tubes or pipes, cf. exclusions (f) to
heading 73.04, (c) to heading 73.05 and (f) to heading 73.06 in the respective HS
Explanatory Notes.

5.      The classification of the poles and columns in residual heading 73.26 covering "other
articles of iron or steel" is also be ruled out since heading 73.26 only covers products which
are not specified or included in a more specific heading of Chapters 72, 73, 82 or 83 or
elsewhere in the Nomenclature (the General Explanatory Note to Chapter 73). If there are
more specific headings for the classification of the products in question, for instance in this
case under heading 73.08 (iron or steel structures) or heading 94.05 (lamps and lighting
fittings and parts thereof), then entry in heading 73.26 can not be considered.

6.      The view that certain types of lamp posts (for outdoor lighting) without lanterns could
be classified in subheading 9405.99 as "other parts of lamps or lighting fittings" is not correct
since these poles and columns for out door lighting purposes are not fitted with electrical
devices and lanterns so as to be considered as parts of lamps of lighting fittings of heading
94.05. The mere presence of a flange plate, a hole in the centre of the flange plate, an
inspection door and a compartment fitted with an earthing lug and an electrical gear
component mounting strip, does not take such products out of the ambit of heading 73.08, as
the poles and columns at issue are more specifically described in heading 73.08, which
refers to "towers and lattice masts, beams, channels, truss rod, tubular steel poles for
electric transmission, pillars and columns" in the heading text. This issue of classification of
"Octagonal Steel Columns for Lamp Posts" was also deliberated by the World Customs
Organization Harmonised System Committee and the Amendment to Compendium of
Classification Opinions reflects the decisions taken by the 46th Session (September 2010) to
classify the articles at issue in harmonised heading 7308.

7.      In view of the foregoing, it is clarified that the appropriate heading for classification of
"octagonal steel columns for lamp posts", as steel posts for outdoor lighting purposes (public
street lighting) and like products is in heading 73.08, as steel structures, and more precisely
in the subheading 7308.90, tariff item 73089090, by the application of the General Rules for
the Interpretation (GRI) of Import Tariff, Rules 1 and 6.

                                                                                  Yours faithfully,

                                                                                (Subodh Singh),
                                                                       OSD (Customs), Tariff Unit
                                                                           Fax: 011 ­ 23092173
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