The United States International Trade Commission's ("USITC") Director of Tariff Affairs and Trade Agreements chairs the Committee for Statistical Annotation of the Tariff Schedules (known informally as the "484(f) Committee"), which also includes representatives of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Census Bureau. The committee analyzes and evaluates petitions requesting changes in the non-legal statistical reporting categories of the HTS (for imports) and Schedule B (for exports). Such changes are made to improve data collection information.
The process for submitting petitions for these changes is outlined in the Preface of the HTS (posted on the USITC web site at http://www.usitc.gov/publications/docs/tata/hts/bychapter/1400_Preface.pdf).
Interested parties or their representatives may request changes to the statistical annotations of the HTS or Schedule B for exports. Such requests may be made under Section 484(f) of the Tariff Act of 1930 as amended and directed to the Committee for Statistical Annotation of the Tariff Schedules. Such requests should indicate precisely the nature of each desired change. They should provide the exact proposed language to be inserted or deleted (including any relevant units of quantity) and give detailed reasons for the requests. Confidential business information should not be submitted to the Committee. For requests relating to the HTS, the requester should provide the names of importers and foreign manufacturers (when known) that are associated with the articles in question and should indicate the countries from which the articles are being imported. A proposed statistical category under which three or fewer importers or exporters would likely report shipments generally will not be approved, in order to avoid the disclosure of confidential business information.