Food Imports: Classification, Quotas, and Cost Savings Opportunities
Webinar: 1 CCS Credit
The classification of edible items can present a number of challenges but has a significant impact on whether imports of such goods qualify for lower tariffs under free trade agreements, preference programs, or tariff-rate quotas. This can be a major issue for importers; e.g., duty rates for over-quota products tend to be steep and quota levels fill quickly. This webinar will review the food provisions of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S., with a focus on some of the more difficult classification questions and some practical guidance for importers.
- interpreting quota provisions
- definitions of “prepared” and “preserved”
- impact on origin and duty preference claims
- sourcing or tariff engineering for duty and cost savings
- First Sale valuation for duty savings
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.