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On June 29th CBP published CSMS message no. 17-000381 announcing the availability of Harmonized System Update (HSU) 1704, which went into effect on July 1, 2017.
This USHTS update contains modifications mandated by the 484 F Committee (the Committee for Statistical Annotation of Tariff Schedules), adjustments to several Participating Government Agency (PGA) indicators, and staged rate duty reductions as a result of Presidential Proclamation 9466 (to Implement the World Trade Organization Declaration on the Expansion of Trade in Information Technology Products and For Other Purposes).
The modified records are available to all ABI participants and can be retrieved electronically via the procedures indicated in the CATAIR. CustomsNow clients have the ability to review the HTS numbers that are valid on/after July 1st and mass update their product classifications accordingly. The official HTS 2017 and update change record can be viewed at the USITC website.
In addition to these updates, CBP advised that as of its publication, the latest GSP proclamation had not been signed. CBP is expecting the proclamation to have a July 1st effective date as well, but due to recent differences between the draft documentation and the final legislation, CBP was unable to make the necessary modifications until the proclamation is official. Once it has been signed, CBP will begin updating the system. When the changes have been completed another HTS update will be created and the associated CSMS message will be posted.
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