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On 11 May 2021, the World Customs Organization announced that the 2020 edition of Operation Pandora targeting the illicit trafficking of cultural goods has been the most successful to date with over 56,400 cultural goods seized. These goods include archaeological objects, furniture, coins, paintings, musical instruments and sculptures. Excerpts from the announcement follow: Running from 1 June to 31 October 2020, Operation Pandora V saw the involvement of Customs and other law enforcement authorities from…

On May 12, 2021, the US International Trade Commission (USITC) announced that it had issued a report recommending that the President make certain modifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) to conform it with World Customs Organization (WCO) amendments to the global Harmonized System. The USITC’s report, Recommended Modifications in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule, 2021, Inv. No. 1205-13, USITC Publication 5171, March 2021, is available on the USITC web site. The announcement said:…

In the March 10, 2021 Customs Bulletin and Decisions, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published the dates and draft agenda for the 67th session of the Harmonized System Committee (HSC) of the World Customs Organization. Due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the next session of the HSC, the 67th, will be held virtually April 12 – 30, 2021. See the Customs Bulletin and Decisions for the Agenda. [Note: In accordance with…

On November 17, 2020, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed recommendations and solicitation of public comments on Investigation No. 1205-13, Recommended Modifications in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule, 2020, which the ITC instituted on October 1, 2019. The ITC’s proposed recommendations relating to Investigation No. 1205-13 have been posted on the ITC Web site. Interested Federal agencies and the public are invited to submit written comments on…

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published the dates and draft agenda for the 66th session of the WCO Harmonized System Committee (HSC) in the October 7, 2020, Customs Bulletin and Decisions. The HSC’s responsibilities include issuing classification decisions on the interpretation of the Harmonized System. Those decisions may take the form of published tariff classification opinions concerning the classification of an article under the Harmonized System or amendments to the Explanatory Notes to the Harmonized…

On 9 April 2020, the WCO announced that to respond to the unprecedented demand in medical supplies amid the current global COVID-19 pandemic around the world, and in order to help countries speed up the cross-border movement of these critical products, the WCO and the World Health Organization (WHO) joined hands to strengthen their cooperation by establishing a coordinated approach in their response to the pandemic. As a result of this joint effort of the…

On October 2, 2019, the US International Trade Commission (USITC) announced that it has instituted an investigation that will lead to recommendations to the President on necessary modifications to the US Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) to implement recent amendments to the global Harmonized System (HS). By statute, the USITC is required to recommend to the President modifications to the HTS to conform the HTS to amendments made to the HS. The USITC is instituting this…

On 16 April 2018, the WCO announced that the WCO Working Group on E-Commerce (WGEC) met for the 3rd time at the WCO headquarters in Brussels from 9 to 12 April 2018.  The announcement said the meeting brought together more than 150 delegates from Customs administrations, other government agencies, the private sector, other international organizations, e-vendors/platforms, express service providers, postal operators, freight forwarders, Customs brokers and academia to mainly discuss and develop a ‘Framework of Standards on Cross-Border E-Commerce’.