On 14 December 2012, the EU published a communication listing the references to a series of amendments to the HS Explanatory Notes and Classification Opinions approved by the WCO’s HS Committee during its 49th session in March 2012. The purpose of this Communication is to ensure that Member States and economic operators are aware that Binding Tariff Information (BTIs) conflicting with the referred HS texts have ceased to become valid.

The World Customs Organization (WCO) recently also published the classification rulings, amendments to the HSENs and amendments to the Compendium of Classification Opinions agreed during the 50th session of the HS Committee in September 2012 (on which no reservations were filed by any HS Party). The European Commission will in due course prepare a BTI communication reflecting references to HS Committee guidance it wishes to endorse in EU practice.