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Presidential Proclamation Modifies 2016 HTS to Include WCO Changes


On December 1, 2016 President Obama signed Proclamation 9549 modifying the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) to incorporate the changes recommended in U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) Publication 4653 which is based on the amendments suggested by the World Customs Organization (WCO).

The amendments will become effective on January 2, 2017 or thirty (30) days after publication in the Federal Register.

As detailed in the Proclamation, the USITC is tasked with keeping the HTS "Pursuant to sections 1205(c) and (d) of the 1988 Act (19 U.S.C. 3005(c) and (d)), the Commission has recommended modifications to the HTS to conform the HTS to amendments made to the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System and the Protocol thereto (the “Convention”).

The full text of the Presidential Proclamation is available online at:


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