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Harmonized System Committee to Consider Trade Facilitation Agreement, Classification Issues

Friday, August 08, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued the draft agenda for the 54th session of the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized System Committee, which will be held in Brussels Sept. 18-26. 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 HSC is slated to consider a number of issues at its upcoming meeting, including the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement 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.

- roe of capelin and lumpfish

- fruit juices with spices

- certain plastic articles

- women’s garments

- silvered hollow glass microspheres

- radiators for use in excavators and motorcycles

- drum housings for combine harvester-threshers

- tempered cover glass used in the manufacture of cell phones

- certain cabinets

- monitors for electronic devices

- certain LED assemblies

- peach pulp concentrate

- cheese substitute

- equipment for harvesting olives, almonds and pistachios and for pruning fruit and nut trees

- certain textile articles

- glues and adhesives

- crude oils

- inflatable balls

- pre-sensitized offset printing plates

- massage chairs

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