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Harmonized System Committee to Consider Trade Facilitation, Tariff Classification Issues

Thursday, February 13, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued the draft agenda for the 53rd session of the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized System Committee, which will be held in Brussels March 3-14. 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 Agreement on Trade Facilitation and the percentage of national revenue represented by customs duties. Also up for consideration are the following.

- possible nomenclature amendments related to fishery products, agricultural products, fertilizers, forestry products, products obtained from milk, and flat panel display modules

- possible nomenclature amendments to reflect technological changes in the automotive industry

- classification of goods such as sweet corn flour, frozen ginseng roots, xanthan gum, prepared meals with meatballs, hunting trophies, polyester yarns with high tenacity, certain tunics, trousers and shawls, LED backlights for LCD displays, touch-sensitive screens, LED lamps, check-out counters, peach pulp concentrate, unassembled cabinets, cheese substitute, equipment for harvesting olives, almonds and pistachios, motorcycle radiators, silvered hollow glass microspheres, drum housings for combine harvester-threshers, textile articles, mixtures of juices containing spices, reflective insulations, solar modules, plastic articles, and air handling units

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