On February 1, 2010, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) published its request for proposals from interested persons and agencies to amend the international Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS). The request is in connection with the World Customs Organization’s (WCO’s) fifth review cycle since the HS was implemented in 1988. The objective is to ensure the HS reflects changes in technology and trade patterns. Specifically, the ITC seeks proposals concerning the deletion of headings and subheadings (at the four- and six-digit level) with low trade volume, the simplification of classification provisions and the identification of new products. Unlike the HS, the national provisions of the HTSUS (i.e., subheadings at the eight- and ten-digit level) are not subject to review and therefore changes to the HTSUS are not under consideration. The ITC, CBP and the US Department of Commerce (DOC) Bureau of the Census will review all proposals for their potential submission to the WCO on behalf of the US Government. The WCO will consider proposals submitted by the ITC with a view to implementing final revisions to the HS on January 1, 2017. The deadline to submit proposals to the ITC is November 1, 2010.