The Canadian International Trade Tribunal dismissed an appeal by Helly Hansen Leisure Canada Inc. aimed at slashing the current tariff on two of its most popular womens snowsports jackets to 6.5% from 18%.
Helly Hansen has sought to change the tariff classification for its Lyric and Sunrise hooded snowboarding jackets since 2005, when the Canada Border Service Agency determined they were covered by Chapter 62 of Canadas tariff regulations. When Helly Hansen failed to prevail in two appeals to the CBSA, it appealed to the Tribunal.
At a Jan. 22 hearing before the Tribunal, Richard Collier, vice president of product for Helly Hansen and Sandra Tullio-Pow of the Ryerson University School of Fashion argued that the pair of snowsports jackets should be classified under Chapter 39. After facing off against CBSA scientists in an esoteric debate over the jackets construction, the Tribunal eventually sided with the government.