Situation of Members' schedules regarding
HS transpositions as of 1 May 2014
note by the Secretariat
The attached table gives an
overview of the state of play in the HS transposition process. This process is conducted by the Committee on
Market Access in dedicated informal multilateral review sessions.
Members are required to update their bound
schedules on goods to keep them in line with the most recent version of the
Harmonized System (HS) currently used in their applied tariff regime. Having applied and bound schedules in the
same HS version is also necessary in the context of the negotiations so as to
facilitate the comparisons of bound and applied rates.
In 2005, the Committee on Market
Access had decided initially for the HS 2002 transposition
that the Secretariat would undertake the transposition of the schedules of
developing country Members, except for those who decide to prepare their own transposition. Developed country Members were required to
undertake their own transposition. This decision
has been extended also to the HS 2007 and HS 2012 transpositions.
The review process consists of several phases
which finally lead to the certification of the Member's transposed schedule.
These phases are outlined below. The
attached table gives for each Member's bound schedule the status in the HS
transposition process. As of 1 May 2014
the situation is as follows:
 This document has been prepared under the
Secretariat's own responsibility and without prejudice to the positions of Members
and to their rights and obligations under the WTO.
 Document WT/L/605 of 2 mars 2005.
 Document WT/L/673 of 18 December 2006 for HS 2007 and document
WT/L/831 of 5 December 2011 for the HS2012 transposition.