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New changes to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) will take effect on or about February 3, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 8097. This proclamation, issued December 29, 2006, affects more than 80 HTS chapters, 240 headings, and 1,600 eight-digit HTSUS tariff classifications. These changes will contain updates to a preliminary draft version of the HTSUS, effective since January 1, 2007.
CBP will allow a 17 day grace period for the finalization of internal classification changes. This grace period, ending February 20, 2007 relates only to HTSUS legislative changes. It applies to “entries rejected by an Import Specialist or Entry Specialist either manually or electronically by RLF and returned to the filers for classification correction,” and “post entry classification corrections.” It does not apply to other filing errors.
In addition to changes to the HTSUS, Presidential Proclamation 8097 makes changes to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), and U.S. relations with Vietnam.
Information about these and other changes to the HTSUS is available at http://www.foreign-trade-zone.com/
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