Core Training Topics:

Classification of Merchandise

The classification of commodities imported into the United States is complex. Pursuant to the Customs Modernization Act, it is responsibility of the importers to use “reasonable care” to “classify” imported goods and provide sufficient information to assist Customs and Border Protection in assessing duties, collecting accurate statistics, and determining if applicable legal requirements are met. Correctly classifying goods is important not only for duty purposes, but also to determine whether the goods are subject to quotas, restraints, embargoes or other restrictions.

This course comprehensive and will make a difficult subject easier to grasp. Throughout this course, you will learn:

  • Overview of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of United States
  • Introduction to Classification
  • General Rules for Interpretation (1-6)
  • Additional U.S. Rules 1.
  • Practice Classification Exercises

Valuation Law

All merchandise imported into the United States must be the valuation of all imported merchandise must be pursuant Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (the Act), codified at 19 U.S.C. 1401a. Throughout this course you will be taught the following basis of appraisement as related to the Act:

  • Transaction Value
  • When Transaction Value cannot be used
  • Deductive Value
  • Computed Value
  • Fallback Method

Special Trade Preference Programs

The United States permits special trade benefits that either eliminate or reduce the duty on merchandise produced in certain countries. These special trade programs and eligibility requirements are described in this course. Throughout this course, you will be taught the rules and regulations governing each of the Special Trade Programs.

Additional Areas of Training

1. Importing into the United States
2. Exporting from the United States
4. Drawback
5. Rules of Origin
6. Country of Origin Marking
7. Intellectual Property Rights
8. Trade Preference Programs/Free Trade Agreements
9. Related Party Transactions
10. Recordkeeping Requirements
11. Customs Broker Compliance
12. Penalties and Liquidated Damages
13. U.S. Customs Broker Prep Training Courses
14. Textiles and Wearing Apparel Rules of Origin
16. Importer Self-Assessment
17. Export Classification Control Number (ECCN)


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All trainings are conducted by Integrity International Companies Founder and CEO Kelli R. Thompson, who was previously a Supervisory Import Specialist managing an apparel team in Miami. Ms Thompson has trained CBP’s Import Specialists nationally at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Let her train your staff to know exactly what CBP requires for customs compliance and facilitating legitimate trade. Learn more about Ms. Thompson here.