As a result of the good cooperation between the members of the World Ceramic Tiles Forum, the review of HS codes for ceramic tiles promoted by the ceramic tiles industry throughout the world was recently approved by the World Customs Organisation’s (WCO) Revision Committee. The new classification to come into force in 2017 will no longer distinguish between glazed and unglazed tiles. Instead the new classification will better reflect the distinction between porcelain and non-porcelain tiles.
– Ceramic flags and paving, hearth or wall tiles; ceramic mosaic cubes and the like, whether or not on a backing; finishing ceramics.
– Flags and paving, hearth or wall tiles, other than those of subheadings 6907.30 and 6907.40:
6907.21—Of a water absorption coefficient by weight not exceeding 0.5%
6907.22—Of a water absorption coefficient by weight exceeding 0.5% but not exceeding 10%
6907.23—Of a water absorption coefficient by weight exceeding 10%
6907.30—Mosaic cubes and the like, other than those of subheading 6907.40
At this stage, the WCO has reached an agreement on the “legal notes”. The customs officials will now start the discussions on “explanatory notes”, which is the text providing more detailed definitions of the new categories under this classification.