World Customs Organization Revising Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS)

As it does approximately every 5 years, the WCO recently adopted a recommendation that lists the most recent proposed amendments to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS), which would enter into force January 1, 2017.  In order to better monitor and control trade patterns of certain goods and adapt the HTS to current trade patterns, more than 200 changes have been proposed to modernize rules and classifications for various goods.  The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will be expected to post a Federal Register Notice this fall detailing the proposed changes.  Members of the Trade community may raise comments or objections to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the ITC, since all three agencies negotiate on behalf of the U.S. to the WCO.

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