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OOCL outlines what's needed to comply with new US Customs ruling

HENCEFORTH, US Customs will demand requirements of its Harmonised Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), though with flexible enforcement for 90 days, says Hong Kong's Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) in a notice to traded.

"During the flexible enforcement period, OOCL would like to begin collecting HTSUS within the Shipping Instruction (SI) to meet the regulatory requirements," said the company statement. 

OOCL said US Customs and Border Protection has issued an "In-bond Final Rule", outlining changes to the in-bond process. 

"Among the changes being implemented is the mandatory requirement for a six-digit Harmonised Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) being applied for all in-bond cargo moves (adding Immediate Transportation on top of Immediate Exportation and Transportation & Exportation that currently require HTSUS)," said the OOCL statement.

HTSUS codes can be found at the following website: https://www.usitc.gov/tata/hts/bychapter/index.htm. 

OOCL will work with customers to help support this CBP initiative and keep customers posted on any further developments regarding this regulation.

A full copy of the "Final Rule" can be reviewed at: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-28/pdf/2017-20804.pdf

"Should you have any inquiries relating to this regulation, please feel free to contact our local customer service representatives,?said the statement.
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