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Tariff Classification

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Course Description

This class is for importers and exporters. The classification and valuation of goods must be done correctly for a successful international trade transaction. If you classify or value your products incorrectly, your shipment may not reach its destination, and/or you may be subjected to severe penalties. You will also learn how to determine whether goods are subject to quotas, restraints, embargoes or other restrictions. This course will give you the tools you need to properly classify your imported and exported goods.

Course Features

  • Teaching Time 6.5 hours
  • Class Size Small
  • Material 1 book
  • Certificate 1
  • NCBFAA or CEU 6.5 credits

What you will learn

  • Structure of the HTS
  • Difference between HTSUS and Schedule B
  • How to classify products for imports and exports
  • General Rules of Interpretation (GRI)
  • General Notes
  • How to apply for and use U.S. Customs classification rulings
  • Course includes classification exercises to practice what you learn!
  • Complete Course Agenda ...

Course will benefit

Exporters, Importers, Purchasing, Sales/Marketing, Logistics, Traffic, Customer Service , Credit Managers, Controllers, Engineering, Legal, Customs Brokers, Freight Forwarders.

Course will especially benefit anyone involved with or responsible for:

  • Qualifying goods under NAFTA
  • FTAs
  • International Documentation
  • Compliance Rules and Regulations

Course Agenda

Please note: This course is taught by an international trade professional that has real world experience. Instructor has been in your shoes and understands your issues/concerns.

Tariff Classification


    1. Introduction & History
    2. Harmonized Structure
    3. Legal Text of Harmonized System
    4. Heading and Subheading Provisions
    5. Rates of Duty
    1. HTSUS Structure
    2. Chapters 98 & 99
    3. HTSUS Table of Contents
    4. Section Notes
    5. Chapter Notes
    6. Tariff Page
    1. What is the Schedule B?
    2. Differences between Schedule B and Harmonized Tariff Schedule
    3. Has freight forwarder filed EEI and reported the proper Schedule B code?
    4. Should my company use the Schedule B or the HTS?
    5. Duty rates for products
    1. Steps in Classifying your Product
    2. The General Rules of Interpretation (GRIs)
    3. Additional U.S. Rules of Interpretation
    1. Explanatory Notes
    2. CBP Rulings & Opinions
    3. Informed Compliance Documents
    1. Column 1 and Column 2 Duties
    2. Overview of FTA's & Duty Preference Programs
    1. Business Controls & Classification Process
    2. Document the Classification Process
    3. HTS Database
    4. Record Retention
    5. Who Should Classify?
Some items on this agenda will only be mentioned or lightly reviewed due to time constraints. If you are in need of a longer discussion on a particular topic, please mention this to the instructor at the beginning of the class.


Paul did a great job explaining some details that I didn't learn about previously.

– Int'l Logistics Specialist

The most beneficial part of the course was the instructor's knowledge.

– General Manager – Indianapolis

The most beneficial part of the course was the instructor's personality and knowledge.

I really appreciate how Darie dove into Schedule B and HTS codes. I like how she maneuvered live on the websites (census) to show us hands on.

Catherine was evidently very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about classification. I feel much more confident in my ability to classify after attending this course.

– Trade Compliance Analyst – Phoenix

This class was great! Highly recommend.

– Quality Assurance Admin – Phoenix

Awesome instructor! He made the class enjoyable. Love his music, too! I took this class because a coworker loved the instructor! Edge of seat excitement and learning!

– Global Trade Compliance Specialist – Houston

Arthur is very entertaining this was the class I needed the most and came out of it feeling very informed

– Logistics Specialist – Houston

The instructor was amazing. He made a very difficult topic easier to understand.

– Compliance Associate – Philadelphia

Instructor was great. Provided relevant and helpful info.

– Regulatory & Compliance – Cleveland

The most beneficial part of the seminar was John's passion for the subject. Enthusiastic instructor.

– Anonymous – Milwaukee

Arthur was engaging and presented the material in a great way. Coming from a place of zero experience in Tariff Classification I feel like I'm leaving with a much better understanding. It was a great introduction to future Tariff Classification needs.

– Houston

John was very helpful and knowledgeable - the book is awesome.

– Chicago

The instructor was great at giving specific information to questions asked. I feel more confident in HTS codes and knowing where I can get information.

– Chicago

I enjoyed the exercises and the flexibility to discuss with others. It was all very necessary and good!

– Houston

Loved the interaction from the instructor (Arthur O’Meara), kept the class involved at all times.

– Greenville

How will this class impact your job performance? Greatly! Trudy did a fantastic job, was knowledgeable and kept my attention.

– Cincinnati

Best class I've had offsite! Course overall was amazing.

– Tariff Classification

Every single chapter was most beneficial. Trudy Wilson made it simple, easy and understandable. She created a very interactive seminar. The follow up and support she offered were great.

– Atlanta

Learning about GRI’s and websites to monitor for government updates was most beneficial.

– Houston

Real life examples, easy to understand, concepts presented in context of a working business environment.

– Quality System Program Manager Customs & ECO – Chicago

The most beneficial part of the seminar was learning all that is involved in tariff classification. Trudy was very personable and made the class fun.

– Atlanta

John kept the subject matter interesting and I feel I now have a better understanding of what I need to practice to improve my product classification.

– Minneapolis

Trudy is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. She is an extremely helpful instructor.

– Customs Compliance Specialist – Houston

The most beneficial part of the seminar was the use of the GRI’s. This was particularly helpful in trying to determine the classification of new materials. The presentation was done well. It kept my attention and was very useful.

– Business Development – Houston

John’s experience and ability to simplify the “legaleeze” wording was the most beneficial part of the seminar.

– Logistics Manager Chicago

The most beneficial part of the seminar was learning how to properly use notes, GRI’s, and determine a Tariff Code. This class was very beneficial and will help me in my profession.

– Int'l Sales Asst. Business Unit Mgr. – Charlotte

Paul is an experienced instructor that provided clear and insightful perspectives.

– International Sales Manager Louisville

John is a great presenter. Really knows the material and answers all questions. He has a great speaking voice. Calm,smooth and under control.

– Procument Coordinator

Mr. O'meara was a fantastic and enthusiastic instructor and really made something that can be extremely confusing very simple. I would recommend this class to others.

– Import Compliance Specialist

Mr. Goodrich's knowledge and experience combined with the reference manual is a great tool to review and learn from.

– International Logistics

Trudy was an excellent trainer. I've learned so much from her and she made it excititng and worth going. I'll be taking more classes, hopefully with Trudy as the trainer.

– Tariff Classification

I was really impressed with how engaged the instructor (John Goodrich) was - I liked the class interaction. I thought it was great. Well worth my time and my company's money.

– Tariff Classification

I've taken this very seminar two years in a row. John has changed his presentation from the first time. Thus keeping the material fresh and to the point. I don't know how he can memorize the tariff with such accuracy. He's a walking computer.

– Tariff Classification

Full-Day Seminar

Price: $595 per person
Save $50 Early Registration
Time: 8:30am - 4pm Local Time
Two 15min breaks (am/pm), 1hr lunch

Each attendee will receive a copy of
Doing Your Duty - Product Classification According to HTS of U.S.
John D. Goodrich

Tariff Classification Book Cover
Book included with registration!
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*Register at least 1 month in advance for discount Certificate Issued Upon Completion Earn 6.5 CCS/CES NCBFAA Credits Earn 6.5 NASBITE CEUs