(World Trade Interactive)
The International Trade Commission will make additional recommendations on the addition of new subheadings in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. for certain footwear.
On Aug. 9, the ITC submitted to the president a report with its recommendations on the addition of an Additional U.S. Note and the amendment of certain classification provisions in HTSUS Chapter 64 relating to certain footwear featuring outer soles of rubber or plastic to which a layer of textile material has been added. These changes would reflect decisions of the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized System Committee on the classification of particular footwear. The president subsequently submitted a report containing the ITC’s recommendations to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees for their review.
On Nov. 8, however, the ITC received a letter from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative requesting that it make further recommendations, based on new submissions to be filed by interested parties relating to entries liquidated prior to the ITC initiation of this investigation on April 13, on the appropriateness of inserting new tariff lines under HTSUS 6404.11 and 6404.19 in addition to those already recommended. USTR noted that while the ITC’s August report correctly included descriptions specifying that footwear falling under certain new tariff lines under current HTSUS 6404.11 and 6404.19 feature uppers of textile material other than vegetable fibers, because these descriptions appeared for the first time in the final report interested parties may not have recognized the need to submit information on the tariff classification and rate of duty applied to imports in liquidated and undisputed entries of other footwear (e.g., having uppers of manmade fibers) falling into these new subheadings so that the ITC could maintain tariff rate neutrality in making its recommendation. Read more here.