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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’.

On 1 February 2018, the World Customs Organization (WCO) announced that the Harmonized System Committee (HSC) held its 60th Session at WCO Headquarters in Brussels from 27 September to 6 October 2017.  The decisions taken by the HSC during this session have now been published on the WCO website. The announcement said: