The World Customs Organization (WCO) revises the Harmonized Tariff Schedule once every five years at the international level of the harmonized tariff number (first six digits). These amendments went into effect on January 1, 2017. In addition, each member country can make their own modifications beyond the first six digits. Learn some of the new provisions that may benefit your company with free duty rates.
The Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) is used by over 200 countries, territories, or customs unions around the world to assign a number to each product to establish the appropriate duty that should be paid when goods are imported into a country. The HTS is also used to determine whether goods are subject to quotas or free trade agreements. Proper classification is also vital for establishing eligibility under many free trade agreements, i.e. completion of the NAFTA Certificate of Origin for trade between U.S., Canada, and Mexico as well as trade agreements between the U.S. and Chile, Singapore, Australia, and the Central America-Dominican Republic.
Why Should You Attend?
Understand the rules that are required to classify products in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule. Minimize errors in classification and better prepare companies for import/export audits from the government. It will also assist companies who are eligible for free trade agreements, ex. NAFTA, and other agreements, in properly completing Certificates of Origin.
- History and legal text of HTS
- Structure of the HTS
- General Rules of Interpretation 1 through 6
- Examples of the Rules
- Additional U.S. Rules 1(a) through 1(d)
- General Notes
- Classification Rulings
- Amendments to the 2017 HTS
- Best Practices for HTS Written Procedures
Ms Jan Seal,
Jan Seal is a management consultant on international trade and a licensed customhouse broker with over 35 years of experience in imports and exports. Ms. Seal is a frequent speaker/instructor at nation-wide seminars and webinars for international companies and trade organizations. She is also a consultant for medium to multi-national companies on trade compliance. She has taught courses for Import Specialist at the U.S. National Customs Academy. She participated in a committee to develop NAFTA training lesson plans for customs in the U.S. and was one of the first trainers working in the U.S. government that offered training to federal government employees and the public on NAFTA.
She is the author of six books on various international trade topics which are available on Amazon. Two of them include: NAFTA Rules of Origin and Documentation; and, Tariff Classification Using the Harmonized Tariff Schedule.
She received her BA degree from California State University at Fullerton with a year of post-graduate work in Education at the University of California, Riverside. She received her MBA at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and is a member of Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society in Business Administration.
This 90-minute online course is intended for professionals in the Import and export Industry. Although not presently stated in the draft, the same guide could be used by FDA Regulated Industries personnel.
- Freight Forwarders/Customhouse Brokers
- compliance personnel classifying goods under the HTS and qualifying goods under free trade agreements, ex. NAFTA and others.