Enactment of Harmonized Tariff Schedule
Modifications to Harmonized Tariff Schedule
At the earliest practicable date after August 23, 1988, the President shall—
proclaim such modifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule as are consistent with the standards applied in converting the old Schedules into the format of the Convention, as reflected in such Publication No. 2030 and Supplement No. 1.1
1 So in original.thereto, and as are necessary or appropriate to implement—
the future outstanding staged rate reductions authorized by the Congress in—
the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2101 et seq.) and the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (19 U.S.C. 2501 et seq.) to reflect the tariff reductions that resulted from the Tokyo Round of multilateral trade negotiations, and
the United States-Israel Free Trade Area Implementation Act of 1985 [19 U.S.C. 2112 note] to reflect the tariff reduction resulting from the United States-Israel Free Trade Area Agreement,
the applicable provisions of—
executive actions taken, and
final judicial decisions rendered,
after January 1, 1988, and before January 1, 1989, and
such technical rectifications as the President considers necessary; and
take such action as the President considers necessary to bring trade agreements to which the United States is a party into conformity with the Harmonized Tariff Schedule.
Status of Harmonized Tariff Schedule
The following shall be considered to be statutory provisions of law for all purposes:
The provisions of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule as enacted by this chapter.
Each statutory amendment to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule.
Each modification or change made to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule by the President under authority of law (including section 604 of the Trade Act of 1974 [19 U.S.C. 2483]).
Neither the enactment of this chapter nor the subsequent enactment of any amendment to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule, unless such subsequent enactment otherwise provides, may be construed as limiting the authority of the President—
to effect the import treatment necessary or appropriate to carry out, modify, withdraw, suspend, or terminate, in whole or in part, trade agreements; or
to take such other actions through the modification, continuance, or imposition of any rate of duty or other import restriction as may be necessary or appropriate under the authority of the President.
If a rate of duty established in column 1 by the President by proclamation or Executive order is higher than the existing rate of duty in column 2, the President may by proclamation or Executive order increase such existing rate to the higher rate.
If a rate of duty is suspended or terminated by the President by proclamation or Executive order and the proclamation or Executive order does not specify the rate that is to apply in lieu of the suspended or terminated rate, the last rate of duty that applied prior to the suspended or terminated rate shall be the efffective 2
2 So in original. Probably should be “effective”.rate of duty.
Interim informational use of Harmonized Tariff Schedule classifications
proclamation issued by the President;
public notice issued by the Commission or other Federal agency; and
finding, determination, order, recommendation, or other decision made by the Commission or other Federal agency;
during the period between August 23, 1988, and January 1, 1989, shall, if the proclamation, notice, or decision contains a reference to the tariff classification of any article, include, for informational purposes, a reference to the classification of that article under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule.
(Pub. L. 100–418, title I, § 1204, Aug. 23, 1988, 102 Stat. 1148.)