HTSUS Changes: July 1, 2013

I.     Affected Chapters

Several changes  in the following chapters were implemented to become effective July 1, 2013:

  1. General Note 4(d)
  2. Corn (maize)
  3. Olive oil and its fractions, whether or not refined, but not chemically modified
  4. Alkali or alkaline-earth metals; rare-earth metals, scandium and yttrium, whether or not intermixed or interalloyed; mercury
  5. Compounds, inorganic or organic, of rare-earth metals, of yttrium or of scandium, or of mixtures
  6. Sacks and bags, of a kind used for the packing of goods
  7. Articles of cement, of concrete or of artificial stone, whether or not reinforced
  8. Electrical transformers, staticconverters (for example, rectifiers) and inductors; parts thereof
  9. Radar apparatus, radionavigational aid apparatus and radio remote control apparatus
  10. Flat panel screen assemblies

Although there are numerous changes to the HTSUS, changes to Chapter 28, Chapter 68, and Chapter 85 include changes that are most likely to affect our clients. Below is a summary of these changes.

 

II.     Chapter 28: Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes

A.    2805.30.00 Rare-earth metals, scandium and yttrium, whether or not intermixed or interalloyed: Not intermixed or interalloyed

This section was changed in the following manner:

  1. Rare-earth metals, scandium and yttrium, whether or not intermixed or interalloyed: Not intermixed or interalloyed (2805.30.0000 – deleted)
  2. Rare-earth metals, scandium and yttrium, whether or not intermixed or interalloyed: Not intermixed or interalloyed: Lanthanum (2805.30.0005 – added)
  3. Rare-earth metals, scandium and yttrium, whether or not intermixed or interalloyed: Not intermixed or interalloyed: Cerium (2805.30.0010 – added)
  4. Rare-earth metals, scandium and yttrium, whether or not intermixed or interalloyed: Not intermixed or interalloyed: Praseodymium (2805.30.0015 – added)
  5. Rare-earth metals, scandium and yttrium, whether or not intermixed or interalloyed: Not intermixed or interalloyed: Neodymium (2805.30.0020 – added)
  6. Rare-earth metals, scandium and yttrium, whether or not intermixed or interalloyed: Not intermixed or interalloyed: Other (2805.30.0050 – added)

 

           B.    2846.10.00 – Compounds, inorganic or organic, of rare-earth     metals, of yttrium or of scandium, or of mixtures of these metals: Cerium Compounds

This section was changed in the following manner:

  1. Compounds, inorganic or organic, of rare-earth     metals, of yttrium or of scandium, or of mixtures of these metals: Cerium compounds (2846.10.0000 – deleted)
  2. Compounds, inorganic or organic, of rare-earth     metals, of yttrium or of scandium, or of mixtures of these metals: Cerium compounds: Cerium oxides (2846.10.0010 – added)
  3. Compounds, inorganic or organic, of rare-earth     metals, of yttrium or of scandium, or of mixtures of these metals: Cerium compounds: Other (2846.10.0050 – added)

 

           C.    2846.90.20 – Compounds, inorganic or organic, of rare-earth     metals, of yttrium or of scandium, or of mixtures of these metals: Other: Mixtures of rare-earth oxides or of rare-earth chlorides

This section was changed in the following manner:

  1. Mixtures of rare earth oxides or of rare earth chlorides: Rare earth oxides except cerium oxides (2846.90.2010 – deleted)
  2. Mixtures of rare earth oxides or of rare earth chlorides: Rare earth oxides except cerium oxides: Of Lanthanum (2846.90.2005 – added)
  3. Mixtures of rare earth oxides or of rare earth chlorides: Rare earth oxides except cerium oxides: Other (2846.90.2045 – added)
  4. Other (2846.90.2050 – deleted)
  5. Mixtures of rare earth oxides or of rare earth chlorides: Rare-earth chlorides except cerium chlorides (2846.90.2080 – added)
  6. Mixtures of rare earth oxides or of rare earth chlorides: Other (2846.90.2090 – added)

 

           D.    2846.90.80 – Compounds, inorganic or organic, of rare-earth     metals, of yttrium or of scandium, or of mixtures of these metals: Other: Other: Other

This section was changed in the following manner:

  1. Compounds, inorganic or organic, of rare-earth     metals, of yttrium or of scandium, or of mixtures of these metals: Other: Other: Other (2846.90.8000 – deleted)
  2. Compounds, inorganic or organic, of rare-earth     metals, of yttrium or of scandium, or of mixtures of these metals: Other: Other: Other: Mixtures of oxides of yttrium or scandium (2846.90.8050 – added)
  3. Compounds, inorganic or organic, of rare-earth     metals, of yttrium or of scandium, or of mixtures of these metals: Other: Other: Other: Mixtures of chlorides of yttrium or scandium (2846.90.8060 – added)
  4. Compounds, inorganic or organic, of rare-earth     metals, of yttrium or of scandium, or of mixtures of these metals: Other: Other: Other: Mixtures of rare-earth carbonates other than of cerium carbonate: Lantham (2846.90.8070 – added)
  5. Compounds, inorganic or organic, of rare-earth     metals, of yttrium or of scandium, or of mixtures of these metals: Other: Other: Other: Mixtures of rare-earth carbonates other than of cerium carbonate: Other (2846.90.8075 – added)
  6. Compounds, inorganic or organic, of rare-earth     metals, of yttrium or of scandium, or of mixtures of these metals: Other: Other: Other: Other (2846.90.8090 – added)

 

III.    Chapter 68: Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials

A.    6810.11.00 – Tiles, flagstones, bricks and similar articles: Building blocks and bricks

This section was changed in the following manner:

  1. Tiles, flagstones, bricks and similar articles: Building blocks and bricks (6810.11.0000 – deleted)
  2. Tiles, flagstones, bricks and similar articles: Building blocks and bricks: Containing by weight more than 70 percent magnesia, expressed as MgO, with carbon content ranging from trace amounts to less than 30 percent, and chemically bonded by resin or pitch (6810.11.0010 – added)
  3. Tiles, flagstones, bricks and similar articles: Building blocks and bricks: Other (6810.11.0070 – added)

 

IV.    Chapter 85: Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof

            A.     8504.23.00 – Electrical transformers, static converters and inductors; parts thereof: Liquid dielectric transformers: Having a power handling capacity exceeding 10,000 kVA

This section was changed in the following manner:

  1. Electrical transformers, static converters and inductors; parts thereof: Liquid dielectric transformers: Having a power handling capacity exceeding 10,000 kVA (8504.23.0040 – deleted)
  2. Electrical transformers, static converters and inductors; parts thereof: Liquid dielectric transformers: Having a power handling capacity exceeding
    10,000 kVA but not exceeding 59,999 kVA (8504.23.0041 – added)
  3. Electrical transformers, static converters and inductors; parts thereof: Liquid dielectric transformers: Having a power handling capacity exceeding
    59,999 kVA but not exceeding 100,000 kVA (8504.23.0045 – added)

 

            B.     8526.92.00 – Radar apparatus, radio navigational aid apparatus and radio remote control apparatus: Other: Radio remote control apparatus

This section was changed in the following manner:

  1. Radar apparatus, radio navigational aid apparatus and radio remote control apparatus: Other: Radio remote control apparatus (8526.92.0000 – deleted)
  2. Radar apparatus, radio navigational aid apparatus and radio remote control apparatus: Other: Radio remote control apparatus: Radio remote control apparatus for video game consoles (8526.92.10 – added)
  3. Radar apparatus, radio navigational aid apparatus and radio remote control apparatus: Other: Radio remote control apparatus: Other (8526.92.5000 – added)

V.    Other changes

Below are additional July 1, 2013 HTSUS changes that may also affect our clients:

Item Changed Nature of Change
General Note 4(d) Modified
8529.90.53 Article description modified for flat panel screen assemblies
6305.33.0050 Deleted
6305.33.0040 Added
6305.33.0060 Added