By Emmalie Armstrong, Export Solutions

The 2016 editions of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) and the Schedule B have now been issued and the Automated Export System (AES) has been updated with the new codes. While the changes are relatively few, some exporters and importers may find that their classifications are now invalid. Don’t fret, though. You have a 30-day grace period, during which AES will still accept the 2015 codes. However, after January 30, 2016, you’ll receive a fatal error for any obsolete codes used.

The new 2016 changes can be found here:

HTS: https://www.usitc.gov/publications/docs/hts/Change%20Record.pdf

Schedule B: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/schedules/b/2016/obsoletetonew.pdf

Here are the links for the 2016 Editions:

HTS: https://www.usitc.gov/tata/hts/index.htm

Schedule B: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/schedules/b/2016/index.html

Need help applying these changes to your classifications? Please schedule a no-charge consultation for some guidance and expertise. Happy New Year!

Emmalie Armstrong is a Trade Compliance Consultant with Export Solutions – a firm specializing in U.S. import/export regulations.