Every year the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Department of Census update the codes used for import/export clearances. U.S. Customs will add or delete Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) codes based on items that need to be tracked due to protection of various industries (e.g., farming) and antidumping cases. Census will use the Schedule B codes to track trade statistics of certain commodities to various countries. Therefore, there may be changes that occur to the HTS, but not the Schedule B codes, and vice versa. It is important to verify changes to each schedule to ensure your company is compliant with import and export regulations.
Here are a few highlights about these changes for 2013:
Changes to HTS for Importing Purposes
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has updated the list of valid HTS codes for 2013 that were effective as January 1, 2013.
Changes to HTS and Schedule B for Exports (AES submissions)
The AESDirect system has been updated with the correct Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) and Schedule B export codes for 2013. Exporters have a grace period of 30 days from December 31, 2012, to correct the codes, as applicable.
Tom Reynolds is the Vice President of Operations for Export Solutions, a consultancy firm which specializes in ITAR and EAR compliance.