The International Trade Commission instituted Oct. 7 a process that will ultimately result in changes within the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. with respect to certain fish, wood and wood products, and bed nets of warp knit fabrics.

The World Customs Organization adopted in June recommendations for countries using the Harmonized System to amend their tariff nomenclatures by:

- making corrections to the text of certain subheadings of headings 0301 and 0303 (certain fish) and subheading Note 1 to Chapter 63 and subheading 6304.20 (certain textiles), which are expected to enter into force on Jan. 1, 2017; and

- making further amendments relating to several subheadings in Chapter 44 for certain wood and wood products, which are expected to enter into force on Jan. 1, 2018.

(See attached report for a full description of the proposed changes.)

The ITC has launched an investigation that will result in recommendations to the president on the HTSUS modifications necessary to implement these changes. Proposed recommendations are due to be posted on the ITC’s website by Feb. 12, 2016; comments on the proposals will be due by March 18; and final recommendations will be submitted to the president by July 22. Following the expiration of a 60-day layover period before Congress following the submission of the final recommendations, the president may proclaim the necessary changes to the HTSUS.

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