Request for Proposals to Amend the Harmonized System

Monday, February 8, 2010


The International Trade Commission (ITC) is requesting proposals from interested parties for changes to the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, informally known as the Harmonized System (HS).  The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2010.

The HS Nomenclature is maintained by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and provides a uniform structure for the basis of customs tariffs of major trading countries (approximately 135), including the United States. The international HS comprises the General Rules of Interpretation (GRIs), Section and Chapter titles and legal notes, and heading and subheading text to the 6-digit level.  The HS Review Committee systematically reviews the HS to update it in light of changes in technology and patterns of international trade.  

Proposals will be reviewed by the ITC, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Census Bureau for potential submission to the WCO.  The Commission particularly invites proposals concerning the following matters:

  • Deletion of HS headings or 6-digit subheadings with low trade volume
  • Separate identification of new products important in international trade
  • Simplification of the HS, e.g., by elimination of classification provisions that are difficult to administer

No proposals for changes to U.S. national 8-digit subheadings, 10-digit statistical annotations and rates of duty will be considered.

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