At its 123rd/124th Sessions, held in June 2014, the World Customs Organization (WCO) Council adopted a Recommendation that lists suggested amendments to the Harmonized System (HS) nomenclature which will enter into force on January 2017 (HS 2017). Since the current HS 2012 list came into force, the HS Committee has been steadily revising it and HS 2017 will be the sixth version of the list since it came into force in 1983.

The table below lists some of the suggested changes, along with the general impact to each chapter:

Chapter 1 Live animals 4 Subheading Changes
Chapter 2 Meat and edible meat offal 4 Subheading Changes
Chapter 3 Fish and crustaceans, mollusks and other aquatic invertebrates Extensive Changes
Chapter 4 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included Changes to Notes
Chapter 7 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 1 Subheading Change
Chapter 8 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons 1 Subheading Change
Chapter 9 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 1 Heading Change
Chapter 12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 1 Heading and 1 Subheading Change
Chapter 13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts 1 Subheading Change
Chapter 16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, mollusks or other aquatic invertebrates Note Change and 1 Subheading Change
Chapter 19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers' wares 1 Subheading Change
Chapter 20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants Note Changes
Chapter 21 Miscellaneous edible preparations Note Changes
Chapter 22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 2 Subheading and 1 Heading Change
Chapter 27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 1 Note Change and 1 Subheading
Chapter 28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes 1 Note Change and 1 Subheading and 1 heading Change
Chapter 29 Organic chemicals Extensive Changes
Chapter 30 Pharmaceutical products Changes to Notes and Subheading
Chapter 31 Fertilizers 1 Heading Change
Chapter 37 Photographic or cinematographic goods Subheading Change
Chapter 38 Miscellaneous chemical products Note Changes and Subheading Changes
Chapter 39 Plastics and articles thereof Note Changes and Subheading Changes
Chapter 40 Rubber and articles thereof 2 Subheading
Chapter 42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 3 Subheading Changes
Chapter 43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof Extensive Changes
Chapter 48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard Note Changes
Chapter 54 Man-made filaments 5 Subheading Changes
Chapter 56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 1 Note and 1 Subheading Change
Chapter 57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 2 Subheading Changes
Chapter 59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use Note Change
Chapter 60 Knitted or crocheted fabrics 1 Note Change and 1 Subheading Change
Chapter 63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 1 Note Change and 1 Subheading Change
Chapter 64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles  
Chapter 68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 1 Note Change
Chapter 69 Ceramic products 2 Heading Changes
Chapter 73 Articles of iron or steel 2 Subheading Changes
Chapter 74 Copper and articles thereof 1 Note Change
Chapter 83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal Heading Text  and Note Changes
Chapter 84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof Extensive Changes
Chapter 85 Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles Note, Text, and subheading changes
Chapter 86 Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signaling equipment of all kinds  
Chapter 87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof New Subheadings
Chapter 90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof Note and subheading changes
Chapter 92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles Note Change
Chapter 94 Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated sign illuminated nameplates and the like; prefabricated buildings Note and subheading changes
Chapter 95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof Note Changes
Chapter 96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 1 New Subheading