On January 5, 2010, CBP issued a Federal Register notice seeking comments on the correctness of the classification of wickless wax objects from China, challenged in a petition recently filed on behalf of the National Candle Association (NCA). NCA argues that the wax objects, which are currently classified as “Molded or carved articles of wax” under HTSUS subheading 9602.00.40, should instead be classified as candles under HTSUS subheading 3406.00.00. NCA claims the wax objects are unfinished candles, or blanks having the essential character of a candle. Alternatively, the NCA contends the wax objects are either: (1) unassembled candles, or (2) prima facie classifiable in HTSUS headings 9602 and 3604, the latter of which is more specific. As support for its position, the NCA cites to a 2007 circumvention order that found that wickless wax forms in certain shapes that were being imported into the United States were circumventing the antidumping order on petroleum wax candles from China. CBP, however, has consistently held in its rulings that the essential character of a candle is imparted by the wick and the wax components. Comments on the correctness of the current classification of wickless wax objects from China must be received on or before March 8, 2010.