World Customs Organization Advances Proposals on Tech Issues

The 49th Session of the World Customs Organization (WCO) Harmonized System (HS) Review Subcommittee took place November 16-20 in Brussels, Belgium.  Progress was made on several tech sector HS amendment proposals including light-emitting diode (LED) products, waste and scrap of electronic products, flat panel display modules, dual-use (security related) items, and multi-component integrated circuits (MCO). 

The Subcommittee agreed not to proceed with an amendment to modify the HS legal text to call out smart watches.  Customs delegates came to a consensus the Classification Opinions recently approved and published for smart watches are sufficient at this time while the technology continues to advance. 

For more information on tech issues being addressed at the WCO, contact Ken Montgomery, Vice President, International Trade Regulation & Compliance, CompTIA, kmontgomery@comptia.org.