Aug. 1 Deadline for Requesting Changes to Import/Export Statistical Categories
The International Trade Commission has announced that Aug. 1 is the deadline for submitting petitions to create or modify non-legal statistical reporting categories of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. (for imports) and Schedule B (for exports). These petitions will be considered by the 484(f) Committee, which includes representatives of the ITC, Census Bureau and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, for possible implementation as of Jan. 1, 2016.
The ITC states that requests for changes to these categories should provide the exact proposed language to be inserted or deleted (including any relevant units of quantity) and give detailed reasons for the requests. For requests relating to the HTSUS, the requester should provide the names of importers and foreign manufacturers (when known) that are associated with the articles in question and should indicate the countries from which the articles are being imported. A proposed statistical category under which three or fewer importers or exporters would likely report shipments generally will not be approved in order to avoid the disclosure of confidential business information.