The International Trade Commission is soliciting through March 31, 2020, proposals to amend the International Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) nomenclature for possible implementation in 2027.

The World Customs Organization’s HS Review Sub-Committee will examine the proposals submitted and forward its final proposed amendments to the Harmonized System Committee in November 2023. Thereafter the HSC will consider and agree upon the changes to be included in the WCO recommendation scheduled to be issued in June 2024. Members are then expected to implement the agreed changes in their national tariff schedules by Jan. 1, 2027.

In connection with this process the ITC is seeking from interested parties, associations, and government agencies proposals for specific modifications to the HS (section and chapter notes and the texts of four-digit headings and six-digit subheadings) that would describe new products or technologies, modify or eliminate unclear or obsolete categories, or otherwise advance the goals set out by the HS Convention. Proposals should include specific language for HS amendment text, appropriate descriptive comments and, to the extent available, relevant trade data. Proposals should be confined to one or more of the following types of change.

- deletion of headings or subheadings with low trade volume

- creation of separate headings or subheadings to identify types of products that are important in international trade but are not adequately classified

- simplification of the HS, whether by the modification of provisions for greater clarity or the elimination of provisions that are difficult to administer

- changes that would improve the classification of products, especially those being exported from the U.S., or assist in the administration of the HS and the more uniform classification of goods internationally

No proposals for changes to U.S. national-level provisions (including Additional U.S. Notes, eight-digit subheadings, ten-digit statistical annotations, and rates of duty) will be considered as part of this review. In addition, implementation of HS changes by the U.S. is intended to be tariff-neutral and as a result no requests for changes in U.S. tariff rate lines or rates of duty will be acted upon as part of this review.

For more information on the HS or how to utilize this review process for your company’s benefit, please contact Deb Stern at (305) 894-1007.

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