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CBP Offering Help on Foreign Classification, Valuation Treatment Affecting U.S. Exports

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is inviting exporters to request its assistance in resolving matters concerning the tariff classification and customs valuation applied to U.S. exports by foreign governments.

CBP states that on matters involving non-uniform tariff classification or customs valuation treatment by other customs administrations, individual parties or firms do not have standing to initiate dispute settlement procedures or consultations under the Harmonized System Convention or the WTO Valuation Agreement. Consequently, for a U.S. individual or firm to raise a tariff classification or customs valuation dispute it must file an inquiry or complaint with the U.S. government and provide, or assist in the collection of, any information relating to the matter that may be required.

CBP is now inviting exporters to submit such requests for assistance. Provided that CBP agrees with the exporter’s position, it will endeavor to provide an initial response within 60 days. Thereafter, in cooperation with the appropriate agencies, CBP will consider the appropriate course of action, which could include the initiation of consultations or dispute settlement at meetings of the Harmonized System Committee or the Technical Committee on Customs Valuation at the World Customs Organization. The inquirer or complainant will be informed of the progress achieved in resolving the matter.

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