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Trade Facilitation Agreement, Classification Issues Among Topics of HSC Meeting

Friday, January 29, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued the draft agenda for the 57th session of the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized System Committee, which will be held in Brussels March 7-18. 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, the status of and challenges associated with the implementation of the 2017 edition of the HS, progress in member state implementation of the 2012 edition of the HS, and the idea of inserting subheadings in national statistical nomenclatures to facilitate the monitoring of trade in goods required for the production and use of improvised explosive devices.

Also up for consideration is the classification of numerous goods, including the following.

- powdered alcohol

- non-dairy cream

- hospital gauze

- maltitol

- women’s garments

- baby and child carriers

- infant and toddler seats

- laundry balls containing ceramic beads

- TV stands/carts

- inflatable balls

- titanium screws for medical applications

- coconut water

- vehicles intended for road transport

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

- blanched ground nuts

- flat panel display modules

- assemblies to be mounted into a mobile telephone

- biological safety cabinets

- cold isostatic presses

- rose hip juice concentrate

- seat covers for motor vehicles

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