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Harmonized System Committee Acts on Classification, Trade Data, Advance Rulings

Friday, April 08, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

At its 57th session, held March 9-18 in Brussels, the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized System Committee took 326 classification decisions (305 of which related to pharmaceutical products in connection with the implementation of the World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade in Pharmaceutical Products), adopted 15 sets of amendments to the Explanatory Notes and approved 16 new classification opinions. When deemed approved by the WCO Council at the end of May , these classification decisions (except those for which re-examination will be requested) and amendments to the Explanatory Notes and Compendium of Classification Opinions will be made available on the WCO web site.

With respect to the 2017 edition of the HS nomenclature that will enter into force on Jan. 1, 2017, the HSC (a) adopted the consolidated version of the amendments to the Explanatory Notes, (b) adopted the amendments to the Compendium of Classification Opinions consequential upon the acceptance of these HS amendments, (c) approved the 2017 version of the Interconnection Table, which contains the correlations between the 2017 HS nomenclature and the product coverage of a number of selected international conventions, and (d) examined a series of general questions, including the status of and challenges relating to implementation of the 2017 nomenclature.

Other actions taken by the HSC include the following.

- approved a draft WCO Council recommendation on the insertion in national statistical nomenclatures of a number of subheadings to facilitate the monitoring of the international movement of goods required for the production and use of improvised explosive devices

- approved a new draft WCO Council recommendation on the use of standard units of quantity to facilitate the collection, comparison and analysis of international statistics

- recommended that member customs administrations, as well as contracting parties to the HS Convention, report their import and export trade statistics to the United Nations Statistical Division

- endorsed the technical guidance for the first layer for the Achieving Excellence in Customs Performance measurement framework with respect to the HS Convention and advance tariff rulings

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