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HS 2017 Implementation, Classification Issues Among Topics of HSC Meeting

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued the draft agenda for the 63rd session of the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized System Committee, which will be held in Brussels March 19-29. 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 status of and challenges associated with the implementation of the 2017 edition of the HS. Also up for consideration is the classification of numerous goods, including the following.

- vitamins

- ephedrine derivatives

- nicotine products and novel tobacco products

- unmanned aircraft

- fasteners

- mollusks subjected to pre-processing heat treatments

- cough tablets

- hydraulic cements

- silicon compounds

- dental ceramics

- laminated textiles

- fiberboard of wood

- 3-D printing pen

- evaporative air cooler

- engine pulley

- communications antennas

- quadrocopters

- unassembled metal cabinets

- superluminescent diode modules

- motor vehicle windows

- hub unit bearings

- hydrated manioc (cassava) starch

- frozen boneless mutton fat trimmings

- food supplements

- dissolved gas analysis monitors

- mobile garbage bins

- blood transfusion apparatus

- solid oxide fuel cells

- sidewalls of drawer guides

- hot-rolled steel plates

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