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Is There A Global HTS?

  
  
  
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Global HTS

The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) of tariff nomenclature is the standard by which International trade is classified. The first six digits of any WCO member country's Harmonized Tariff Schedule will match this system. But what is the difference between the Harmonized System and a Harmonized Tariff Schedule? Is there a Global HTS?

What is the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill?

  
  
  
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What is the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill?

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US HTS 2012 Revision 2 Updated on ITC Website

  
  
  
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HTSUS 2012 revision 2 Updated on ITC Website

The ITC updated "revision 2" of the US Tariff yesterday. Rev. 2 was originally posted on 5/15, but it seems they decided to make some changes regarding the status of Argentina. The Colombia changes were there previously.

"This edition, effective May 28, 2012, reflects the recently signed US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement as well as changes to Argentina under the Generalized System of Preferences "

We will be updating the CUSTOMS Info subscription site to reflect the changes. We will probably see an ABI update to match in the coming days.

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ITC posts HTS 2012 Revision 1

  
  
  
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HTS 2012 Revision 1 was posted today

Revision 1 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (HTSA) is now available on the United States International Trade Commission’s (ITC) website. It is effective March 15, 2012, and contains rates and staging for the new United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement.

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HS Code versus Reality

  
  
  
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HS Code versus Reality

The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) of tariff nomenclature is the standard by which International trade is classified. All existing products can be classified with an HS code by utilizing the General Rules of Interpretation. This is the idea anyway.

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Full 2012 US-HTS goes into effect Feb. 3, 2012

  
  
  
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Full 2012 HTSUS goes into effect Feb. 3, 2012

Up to this point, the International Trade Commission has only posted a preliminary version of the 2012 US-HTS that did not include the WCO international changes to the HTS nomenclature.  They have officially stated on their website that the 2012 US HTS with the new nomenclature will go into effect on February 3, 2012. It will be published online 2-3 days in advance (Jan 31 or Feb 1).

HTS Code Lookup Best Practices

  
  
  
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HTS Code Lookup Best Practices

The first hurdle that importers face when importing a new product is to answer the most basic question: what is it? Everything from apples to shoelaces needs to be classified by a number recognizable to the importing government. This number is of course, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule Code (HTS Code). Assigning an HTS code may seem like a simple step, but it is the most important considering the risks associated with getting it wrong.

5 Reasons for Discrepancies Between Preliminary Tariff and WCO 2012

  
  
  
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Preliminary 2012 Tariff and WCO 2012 Discrepencies

If you have taken time to look at the preliminary 2012 Tariff that was recently posted to the USITC website, you may be wondering why many of the WCO changes are missing.

Preliminary 2012 Tariff Posted on HTS Homepage

  
  
  
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Preliminary 2012 Tariff Posted on HTS Homepage

The homepage of the HTS has finally been updated to show a preliminary 2012 version of the Tariff. Two formats have been posted to the United States International Trade Commission's website.

Five Countries Fully Qualified for HTS Screening

  
  
  
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Five Countries Fully Qualified for HTS Screening

Fully Qualified Country Screening List:

  • United States
  • Switzerland
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Hong Kong

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