World Customs Organization (WCO) Recommends Major Changes to Harmonized System (HS) in 2012
by GSI Staff January 09, 2012
Changes to the Harmonized System (HS) are scheduled to take effect on or about January 2012. These changes occur approximately every 5 years. The majority of the changes in 2012 are in food-related chapters (Chapters 1-21). Other chapters with notable changes include, but are not limited to, Biodiesel (Chapters 27 and 38), Mercury compounds (Chapter 28), Video game machines (Chapter 95), and Diapers, etc., (Chapter 96). The WCO's changes are covered in 204 amendments in 53 different HS chapters, affecting 108 different headings and 39 legal notes.
The primary reason for these changes is to update the nomenclature or clarify the classification of particular goods. More detailed information about these changes refer to the United States International Trade Commission’s Final Report to the President dated June 2010. These changes will not go into effect in the US, until the President signs and approves the changes to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Once approved, the Foreign Trade Division of the U.S. Census bureau will make changes to the Schedule B and Automated Export System (AES). A free version of the Schedule B can be found on-line at: www.census.gov/scheduleb.
For more information, see: http://export.gov/logistics/eg_main_042517.asp