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ITC Investigation on HTSUS Modifications to Also Examine Changes for Taro, Corned Beef

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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The International Trade Commission recently initiated investigation 1205-11 to evaluate the changes to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. that will be necessary to implement 234 amendments to the Harmonized System that are expected to go into force for World Customs Organization members as of Jan. 1, 2017. The ITC now states that this investigation will also examine two additional possible modifications to the HTSUS identified by U.S. Customs and Border Protection: (a) whether one of the two HTSUS subheadings that apply to taro (also known as dasheens; HTSUS 0714.40.10 (fresh or chilled taro) or HTSUS 0714.90.10 (fresh or chilled dasheens)) should be deleted; and (b) whether the HTSUS nomenclature for corned beef (which is currently provided for under HTSUS 1602.50.10) should be provided for under a superior subheading for cured meat of bovine animals since corned beef is a cured meat product. The ITC’s proposed recommendations are expected to be posted on the Commission’s web site this December, comments will be due in February 2015, and the ITC’s final recommendations will be submitted to the president in July 2015.

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