Customs and Border Protection has published the 2007 Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS).
The codes, incorporating the extensive World Customs Organization revisions, have been published in the Federal Register, and will become effective in 30 days.
The final "draft" of the 2007 HTSUS is now available on the Web site of the United States International Trade Commission, at http://www.usitc.gov/tata/hts/bychapter/index.htm. The new version is currently labeled "draft" because the effective date is Feb. 3.
According to Pisani & Roll, an international law firm, Customs may informally provide importers with a grace period of approximately two weeks beyond the effective date.
In the interim, importers should rely on the Preliminary 2007 HTSUS, which is based on the 2006 tariff nomenclature, and also is available on the ITC website at http://www.usitc.gov/tata/hts/bychapter/index_old-01032007.htm.
-- Alan Field