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Classification: Hi-Tech

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST
Cost: $250.00

Webinar: 1.5 CCS Credits

Understanding how to interpret the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. is essential in determining duty rates, preference eligibility, and overall costs for imported goods. Moreover, importers have a legal obligation to exercise reasonable care in classifying their goods. Whether you are a novice or veteran classifier, an in-house customs compliance professional or a customs broker, our 2016 topic-based classification series can help you improve your classification skills, avoid common pitfalls in these areas and learn some best practices.

This month’s topic is classifying high-tech products. With technology evolving at such a rapid pace, it can be a challenge to keep up with the latest rules and understand how to properly classify computers, semiconductors, smart devices, information technology infrastructure and the like. This webinar will provide further insight into this complex issue and focus on the following key topics.

• applying complex legal notes

• analyzing composite machines

• understanding functional units

• determining principal function and when to use GRI 3(c)

• recent rulings and hot topics (e.g., smart watches, fitness trackers, 3D printing machines)

Note:  This program will touch briefly on parts and accessories, but these items will be covered in detail later in the Classification: Parts, Session 1 (Wednesday, April 20, 2016) and Classification: Parts, Session 2 (Wednesday, May 18, 2016) installments of our classification webinar series. 

Our Speaker:

Deborah Stern is a Member in the Import and Export Practice Group of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in the Miami office. Ms. Stern advises domestic and multinational clients on both U.S. and foreign customs compliance and other trade matters. She concentrates her practice in traditional customs areas, such as tariff classification, seizures and penalties, country of origin marking, valuation, trademark infringement, broker compliance, bonded warehouses, government procurement, trade preference programs and free trade agreements, as well as the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized System. With special emphasis in the high-tech sector, she has substantial experience in almost every product area of the tariff schedule.

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