SBDC Workshop: Introduction to HTS/Schedule B Classification

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SBDC Workshop: Introduction to HTS/Schedule B Classification

September 18, 2018 @ 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


SBDC Workshop: Introduction to HTS/Schedule B Classification
Presented By: Mike Allocca of Allocca Enterprises

As many of you know, classification is one of the hardest parts of importing/exporting. How do you know that the classifications used by your customs broker or freight forwarder are up-to-date? Do you know if you have any binding rulings with CBP? Do you know if there are similar products with binding rulings that you can review? When was the last time you received training on classification? Relying on a customs broker or freight forwarder without input from the importer/exporter is not using due diligence or reasonable care. Do you have a current list of each of your classifications and descriptions? Is it reviewed by your staff and/or an expert regularly to ensure its accuracy? How can you prove to customs that you used due diligence and reasonable care when determining your classifications? All of these questions – and more – will be answered during this workshop.

This training will help you begin to understand how to use the Harmonized Tariff System for imports and the Schedule B listing for exports. You will learn and review the 6 GRI- General Rules of Interpretation used to classify every product + go through instructor & CBP based sample classifications using each of the GRI’s. By using the CROSS system, we will show how CBP reviews binding ruling requests and what that means for your products. After the training, you will know where to go for help and what to look at when beginning to look at your own products. Many companies are exposing themselves unnecessarily by not regularly reviewing or understanding their own classifications. Importers and exporters are required to use reasonable care and due diligence in determining accurate classifications. This training focuses on how to keep your company in compliance.


  • Understand how, why and when the Harmonized Tariff Schedule was created
  • Learn what the General Rules of Interpretation (GRI) are and how they are used on every classification
  • Review the roles of a customs broker, freight forwarder and importer/exporter of record
  • Learn the difference between a Schedule B & HTS number
  • Understand how to use the CROSS Customs Rulings Online Search System
  • Review chapter 98 for proper U.S. Goods returned/repairs/warranty classifications
  • Go through the abbreviations for commodity classification and units of quantity/measure
  • Determine the difference between duty, user fees, and antidumping/countervailing duties
  • Review instructor & CBP based specific classification examples

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: iHotel & Conference Center (Humanities Room) – 1900 S. First Street, Champaign, IL 61820
Cost: $150/person if you register before August 31st; $195/person starting September 1st. An invoice will be sent after you register (check & credit card accepted).
RSVP: Registration and payment required to secure a spot – limited space available. Registration fee includes conference fees, materials, breakfast, and lunch. RSVP below or to

Who should attend: traffic managers, purchasing managers, sales department, shipping/receiving personnel, compliance officer, financial officer, sales managers, customer service managers, and anyone involved/concerned with international shipments

This workshop is eligible for 6 NASBITE-CGBP Re-Certification CEUs.


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September 18, 2018
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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iHotel & Conference Center
1900 S. First Street
Champaign, IL 61820 United States
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