Cablegate: Demarche On Customs Classifications

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.




E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: Demarche on Customs Classifications

REF: (A) State 213033
(B) State 213064
(C) State 213067

Econoff met with Nilgun Altindag, Director General for
Customs, and Ahmet Ilguz, Customs Expert, on November 7
to deliver the U.S. position on customs classification
of Eggo Waffles, the Avid Media Composer 1000, and
Multifunctional Digital Machines (reftels) to be
discussed at the upcoming Harmonized System Committee.
Ilguz responded that he agreed with the U.S. positions
on the Avid Media Composer and Multifunctional Digital
Machines, but that, as a candidate country, Turkey would
coordinate its position with that of the EU. Customs
said that it disagreed with our position on Eggo
Waffles, as they do not meet the water content criteria
in the Explanatory Notes. Given the complete absence of
Turkish waffle production, Customs told us that Turkey
does not have a strong view on this issue and was open
to classifying Eggo Waffles as waffles if the
Explanatory Notes are amended.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Myanmar: Military Must Stop Murdering And Jailing Protestors – Bachelet

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday said security forces in Myanmar must “halt their vicious crackdown on peaceful protestors,” following another day of deadly violence across the country on Wednesday... More>>

Syria: Economic Decline, Rising Hunger And Surging Humanitarian Needs

Syria’s fragile economy has “suffered multiple shocks” over the past 18 months, with its currency plummeting and joblessness swelling as people struggle to cover their basic needs, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council ... More>>

OECD: Final Quarter Of 2020 Shows Continued Recovery In G20 International Merchandise Trade

G20 international merchandise trade continued to rebound in the fourth quarter of 2020 ( exports up 7.2% and imports up 6.8%), following the sharp falls seen in the first half of 2020, as lockdown measures affected trade globally. Although growth ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

UNFCCC: Greater Climate Ambition Urged As Initial NDC Synthesis Report Is Published

UN Climate Change today published the Initial NDC Synthesis Report, showing nations must redouble efforts and submit stronger, more ambitious national climate action plans in 2021 if they’re to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise by 2°C—ideally 1.5°C—by the end of the century... More>>

2021: Critical Year To ‘reset Our Relationship With Nature’ – UN Chief

During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritizing nature-based solutions. Painting a picture of the turmoil ... More>>

Paris Agreement: UN Secretary-General António Guterres To Mark U.S. Reentry With Envoy For Climate John Kerry

Watch live at UN Secretary-General António Guterres will join U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry at an event marking the United States’ reentry into the Paris Agreement this Friday. The discussion with the Secretary-General ... More>>