Harmonized Tariff Schedule
numbers are used to classify merchandise to determine the payment of duties.
Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which is administering the new requirements, began phased-in enforcement of the new rules on April 1, 2009 (Phase II) requiring import declarations for certain items covered under Harmonized Tariff Schedule
Chapter 44 ("wood and articles of wood") including fuel wood, wood stakes, wood tools and wood tool handles.
The merchandise covered by these investigations is currently classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule
of the United States (HTSUS) subheading 3102.
In fact, officials have already said products falling under Harmonized Tariff Schedule
(HTS) Chapter 48--which describes paper and paper products and includes things like nonwoven feminine hygiene products and disposable baby diapers--will be required to carry a declaration after July 1, 2009.
Unfortunately, several items from the nonwovens value chain appear on this list including certain personal care and hygiene items classified under Harmonized Tariff Schedule
(HTS) codes 4818.
Merchandise covered by this investigation is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule
of the United States (HTSUS) under subheading 7405.
Specifically, all tariffs on textile and apparel items (goods falling under Chapters 50 through 63 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule
or HTS) would be eliminated immediately upon enactment of the agreement provided they meet the specified rule of origin.