Each attendee will receive a reference book, titled “Tariff Classification Using the Harmonized Tariff Schedule” by Jan Seal; workshop materials, and a hard copy of PPT presentation.
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 and free trade agreements. Proper classification is 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, the Central America-Dominican Republic, Bahrain, Oman, Peru, S. Korea, Colombia, and Panama.
The Schedule B is unique to the United States and is used for reporting a number to the U.S. Census for exports from the United States to other countries.
This seminar will help you to understand, through simple examples and workshops, the rules that are required to classify products in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS). or Schedule B. Importers or exporters can be subject to severe penalties if they use incorrect numbers for their imported or exported products. This seminar will assist in helping to minimize errors in classification of products and better prepare companies for import/export audits from the government.
This seminar will focus on:
- History and Legal Text of the HTS
- Structure of the Harmonized System
- Differences between HTS and Schedule B
- General Rules of Interpretation
- Additional U.S. Rule of Interpretation
- General Notes (summary of trade agreements and more)
- Classification Rulings
- Workshops (covering many different products)
Import and Export companies around the world
Course Outline: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Session Start Time: 8:30 AM
There will be two 15-minute breaks (morning/afternoon)
- 8:30 - 9.00 AM: History and Legal Text of HTS
- 9:00 - 9:30 AM: Structure of the Harmonized System;
- Comparison of HTS with Schedule B; Member Countries
- 9:30 - 11:30 AM: General Rules of Interpretation 1 through 3
- 11:30 - 12:00 Noon: Workshop #1
- 12:00 - 1:00 PM: Lunch
- 1:00 - 2:00 PM: General Rules of Interpretation 4 through 6
- Additional U.S. Rules 1(a) through 1(d)
- 2:00 - 2:45 PM: General Notes, Classification Rulings
- 2:45 - 3:45 PM: Workshop #2
- 3:45 - 4:00 PM: Final Questions & Answers
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.
Who will Benefit:
- Customhouse Brokers
- Freight Forwarders
- Compliance personnel completing the NAFTA Certificate of Origin
- Customer Service
- Compliance personnel classifying goods under the HTS or Schedule B and qualifying goods under free trade agreements, ex. NAFTA and others.