The WCO has published the accepted amendments to the Harmonized System (HS) Nomenclature that will enter into force on 1 January 2022.
The HS 2022 amendments include, among other changes, new headings and subheadings, modified article descriptions, and new or revised legal notes.
The amendments address various concerns identified at the WCO and include provisons relating to:
• Electronic waste (e-waste)
• Gases controlled under the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol
Changing trade patterns
• Unmanned aerial vehicles (drones)
• Novel tobacco and nicotine-based products
Technology & product innovations
• Heavy-duty vehicles with electric motors.
• 3D printers
Health & Medical Research
• Rapid diagnostic kits
• Placebos and clinical trial kits
• Cell cultures and cell therapy
Fight against terrorism
• Dual use goods
Materials controlled under international conventions
• Chemicals controlled by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention;
• Hazardous chemicals controlled under the Rotterdam Convention;
• Persistent organic pollutants controlled under the Stockholm Convention; and
• Fentanyl-opioid substances and their derivatives controlled by the International Narcotics Control Board