The 2017 Harmonized System revisions took effect on 1 January 2017. There were approximately 950 resulting amendments to Australia’s Working Tariff. The most significant changes reflect advances in technology—for example, by creating new classifications to separately identify hybrid and electric motor vehicles, and light-emitting diodes.
The 2017 Harmonized System revisions affect 41 of the 97 chapters in Schedule 3 of the Customs Tariff Act 1995, through either changes to explanatory notes and/or classification changes. There are extensive revisions to Chapter 3, Chapter 29, Chapter 38, Chapter 44, Chapters 84-87 and Chapter 96.
Prior to implementing these changes, we engaged with industry and Australian government partners, including the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
For more information on these changes see Harmonized System 2017 customs tariff changes.