Consolidated TPP Text – Annex 2-D: Tariff Schedule of the United States

General Notes

1. The provisions of this Schedule are generally expressed in terms of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), and the interpretation of the provisions of this Schedule, including the product coverage of subheadings of this Schedule, shall be governed by the General Notes, Section Notes and Chapter Notes of the HTSUS. To the extent that provisions of this Schedule are identical to the corresponding provisions of the HTSUS, the provisions of this Schedule shall have the same meaning as the corresponding provisions of the HTSUS.

2. Except as otherwise provided in this Schedule, the base rates of duty set out in this Schedule reflect the United States’ Most-Favoured-Nation (MFN) rates of duty in effect on January 1, 2010. For items identified with an asterisk (*), the applicable base rates of duty are those set forth in this Schedule.

3. In this Schedule, rates of duty expressed in monetary units shall be rounded down to the nearest tenth of one U.S. cent.

4. The following staging categories shall apply to the elimination or reduction of customs duties by the United States pursuant to Article 2.4.2 (Elimination of Customs Duties):

5. Originating goods provided for in the items marked with the designation SG-US[x] in this Schedule shall be subject to the corresponding country-specific safeguard measure set forth in Appendix B (Agricultural Safeguard Measures of the United States) to this Schedule.

6. Appendix C shall apply when the United States applies different preferential tariff treatment to other Parties for an originating good specified in Appendix C (Tariff Differentials of the United States) to this Schedule.

7. The annual stages referred to in paragraph 4 for the elimination or reduction of customs duties shall be equal, annual stages, except:

8. The staging of tariff elimination and reduction provided for in this Schedule with respect to originating goods of Japan is premised on entry into force of the Agreement for both Japan and the United States between January 1 and March 31 of a given year. If the Agreement will enter into force between April 1 and December 31 of a given year, the United States will consult with Japan regarding the implementation of the staging categories in this Schedule.

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