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Harmonized System Committee to Consider Trade Facilitation Agreement, Classification Issues

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued the draft agenda for the 55th session of the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized System Committee, which will be held in Brussels March 11-20. The HSC’s responsibilities include issuing classification decisions on the interpretation of the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, which can take the form of published tariff classification opinions or amendments to the Explanatory Notes. The committee also considers amendments to the legal text of the Harmonized System.

The HSC is slated to consider a number of issues at its upcoming meeting, including the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, the scope of the sixth HS review cycle, and the introduction of programs for binding pre-entry classification information in accordance with the TFA.

Also up for consideration is the classification of numerous goods, including the following.

- peach pulp concentrate

- pre-sensitized offset printing plates

- cleaning swabs

- monitors fitted with VGA and HDMI connectors

- LED assemblies

- fire fighting motor bikes

- massage chairs

- powdered juices

- equipment for harvesting olives, almonds and pistachios

- reflective insulations

- inflatable balls

- smart watches

- hospital gauze

- drones

- tractors and four-wheeled motor vehicles

- titanium screws for medical applications

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