The Commission can also set up committees and working groups and speed up the implementation of the agreement by approving pricing plans (Annex 3.3) by speeding up the abolition of tariffs; the specific rules of origin set out in Appendix 4.1, the common guidelines under Article 4.17 and the sections of Annex 9.1 of the public procurement chapter. The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) publishes and manages the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) and provides technical information on its structure and modification. However, the Department of Homeland Security`s Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has exclusive authority to interpret the HTS, to adopt legally binding decisions or advice regarding the classification of imports and their processing upon entry into the United States, and to manage customs legislation. On 28 June 2019, the World Customs Organization (WHO) adopted recommended changes to the nomenclature of the harmonized system, which are expected to come into force on 1 January 2022. The Commission has published a copy of the changes to the WCO on its website at usitc.gov/ harmonized_ tariff_ information. On 1 October 2019, the Commission opened Inquiry No. 1205-13 to prepare such changes in the HTS, believing that it was necessary or appropriate to bring the HTS into line with such changes to the harmonized system. These changes, combined with the increase in tariffs and the introduction of tariff quotas for imports of covered washing machines and washing machines and certain CSPV products, announced in president 9693 and 9694 proclamations of 23 January 2018, are taking effect. With regard to classification and enforcement, EU Customs and Border Guards have published additional information: www.cbp.gov/trade/programs-administration/entry-summary/232-tariffs-aluminum-and-steel proposed recommendations, Opportunity To Comment: The recommendations proposed by the Commission for Inquiry No. 1205-13 have been published on the Commission`s website at www.usitc.gov. Interested federal authorities and the public are invited to make written submissions on the proposed recommendations by December 14, 2020.
To help the public understand the proposed amendments and develop opinions, the Commission has included in the proposed recommendations a non-authoritarian agreement table that links the proposed customs codes to the current tariff codes. People who use the match tables should be aware that the cross-references displayed may change during the survey. Harmonized systems for describing and coding goods, commonly referred to as “harmonized system” or “SH,” are an international nomenclature of multi-purpose products developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO). It comprises about 5,000 product categories, each identified by a six-digit code, placed in a legal and logical structure and supported by clearly defined rules to achieve a uniform classification.