HTS Classification Seminar

World Trade Center Harrisburg

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Date(s) - 11/13/2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cork Factory Hotel




Product classification is one of the hardest parts of importing/exporting. How do you know the classifications used by your customs broker or freight forwarder are up-to-date? Do you have a current list of each of your classifications and descriptions and is it reviewed by your staff and/or an expert regularly to ensure its accuracy? Relying on a customs broker or freight forwarder without input from the importer/exporter is not using due diligence or reasonable care. How can you prove to Customs that you used due diligence and reasonable care when determining your classifications?

Many companies are exposing themselves unnecessarily by not regularly reviewing or understanding their own product classifications. Importers and exporters are required to use reasonable care and due diligence in determining accurate classifications. This program will help you understand the Harmonized Tariff System for imports and the Schedule B listing for exports. We will learn and review the 6 General Rules of Interpretation (GRI) used to classify every product. We will go through instructor and Customs & Border Protection (CPB) based sample classifications using each of the General Rules. By using the CROSS system we will show how CBP reviews binding ruling requests and what that means for your products.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Understand how, why and when the Harmonized Tariff Schedule was created.
  • Learn what the GRI – General Rules of Interpretation are and how they are used on every classification.
  • Review the roles of a customs broker, freight forwarder and importer/exporter of record.
  • Learn the difference between a Schedule B & HTS number.
  • Understand how to use the CROSS- Customs ruling on-line search system.
  • Review instructor & CBP based specific classification examples.

Who Should Attend?

Traffic managers, purchasing managers, shipping/receiving personnel, compliance officer, sales managers, customer service managers and anyone involved or concerned with international shipments.

About our Presenter:

Mike Allocca is President of Allocca Enterprises, a consulting and training company that specializes in import and export procedures, regulations, documentation, classification and compliance audits.  After spending over ten years as a freight forwarder, Mike now conducts on-site and public training   seminars domestically and internationally and works on a   daily basis with importers and exporters.


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Discounted Rates Available to Qualifying Companies

If you are a small or medium sized company, and have an exportable product or service, we can offer you a discounted rate of $65.00 for up to 2 participants through funding provided by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development and the US Small Business Administration, under the STEP program.

In order to qualify, a company must meet the U.S. Small Business Administration’s definition of an Eligible Small Business Concern, which is defined as an entity that:
–  Is organized or incorporated in the United States;
–  Is operating in the United States;
–  Meets the applicable industry-based small business size standards

The following three forms need to be completed and emailed to:

  1. STEP Client Application Form
  2. Certification Regarding Debarment 
  3. Self-Representation Regarding Eligible Small Business Concern

Funded in part through a Grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration

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