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Harmonized System Committee to Consider Trade Facilitation Agreement, Classification Issues

Monday, August 24, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued the draft agenda for the 56th session of the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized System Committee, which will be held in Brussels Sept. 16-25. 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 and 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.

- hospital gauze

- electric carpets

- reflective insulation

- fruit harvesting devices

- smart watches

- drones

- motor vehicles

- infant and toddler seats

- stainless steel vacuum flasks

- thin-film solar modules

- titanium screws for medical applications

- inflatable balls

- powdered juices and powdered alcohol

- goods put up together but not regarded as sets for retail sale

- laundry balls containing ceramic beads

- two-piece garments

- selfie sticks

- flat panel display modules

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