Proposed Modifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
On February 26, 2010, the Commission instituted Investigation No. 1205-7, Proposed Modifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, pursuant to section 1205 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (the 1988 Act). Section 1205 directs the Commission to keep the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) under continuous review and to recommend to the President modifications thereto, (1) when amendments to the international Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (Harmonized System), and the Protocol thereto, are recommended by the World Customs Organization (WCO) (formerly known as the Customs Cooperation Council) for adoption; and/or (2) as other circumstances warrant. The Commission's report will set forth the proposed changes to the HTS that would be needed to maintain conformity between the HTS and the international Harmonized System. The report will also include appropriate explanatory information on the proposed changes. In accordance with section 1206 of the 1988 Act, the President may proclaim the tariff modifications recommended by the Commission, following Congressional layover and consultation.