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Understanding HTSUS and Schedule B Code Classifications - Webinar (Recorded)

  • Webinar

  • 60 Minutes
  • July 2018
  • Compliance Online
  • ID: 4899992
Why Should You Attend:

Importers need to know their product’s Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) numbers. By becoming familiar with the Harmonized System, exporters will become familiar with how The Schedule B (also known as the Statistical Classification of Domestic and Foreign Commodities Exported from the United States) works. This knowledge is necessary:

You should attend if you need help in classifying products.
You should also attend if you no longer want to be mystified or intimidated by the HTSUS.
To determine applicable import tariff rates and whether a product qualifies for a preferential (that is, reduced or free) tariff under a free trade agreement;
(For exporters) To file the Electronic Export Information (EEI) in ACE
To complete shipping documents, such as certificates of origin
To keep importers happy

To stay out of trouble with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP0 and other U.S. federal entities, and avoid costly and aggravating penalties.

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

Introduction to and the differences between the HTSUS and Schedule B Code
The Six General Rules of Interpretation (GRIs)
Additional U.S. rule of interpretation
Applying the section and chapter notes of the HTSUS
Using the World Customs Organization's (WCO's) explanatory notes
Binding rulings issued by US customs and border protection and informed compliance publications
Handling special classification issues (Parts, Kits, Sets)
The importance of commerce invoice descriptions
Review the roles of a customs broker, freight forwarder and importer/exporter of record
Determine the difference between duty, user fees, and antidumping/countervailing duties
Best Practices for effective product classification processes


Presently, Martin is an instructor with City University of New York's Baruch College Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS), where he teaches import, export, and other international trade courses. In 2013, Martin received the Outstanding Instructor of the Year Award from Baruch CAPS. Martin has also taught international trade courses at Fashion Institute of Technology and Pace University in New York City. Martin is also of counsel to GRVR Attorneys (www.exportimportlaw.com), which specializes in customs and international trade matters.

Martin is a former U.S. Customs officer (senior inspector and import specialist), who was stationed at land (Champlain-Rouses Point, NY), air (JFK International Airport and Newark Liberty) and sea (Newark) ports of entry. While with U.S. Customs at the Port of New York/Newark, he was also a member of the agency's export control branch.

Martin is also a former special agent with the U.S. Department of Defense, assistant prosecutor with the Office of Hudson County (NJ) Prosecutor, and an executive with a global FMC-licensed Ocean Transportation Intermediary. Martin was also a trade consultant with Unz & Co.