Changes to Aluminum Tracking Codes Will Help Address Product Misclassification, Transshipment, Duty Evasionriisa
- HTS codes are used to classify all goods, and for tracking global trade flows.
- The Aluminum Association requested 75 changes to the system to more accurately classify aluminum and aluminum products in “Chapter 76” of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule.
- The Interagency 484(f) Committee (which includes representatives from the USITC, Census Bureau, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other affected agencies) approved 41, denied 7 and deferred 27 of the requested changes.
- This was an unusually high number of requested modifications and successful approvals.
- The new aluminum HTS codes went into effect on July 1, 2019.
- The new codes specify aluminum and aluminum products with greater precision consistent with the market realities of today.
- This will make it easier for government officials and the industry to identify and address aluminum misclassification, transshipment and evasion of duties.
- For example, the industry was recently successful in a case against Chinese importers unfairly dumping subsidized common alloy aluminum in the U.S. market.
- Some of the approved changes, and those still under consideration, will provide for easier identification of trade flows in the common alloy market, and make it easier to identify potential attempts to evade import duties.