There are a number of proven and legitimate ways to avoid or reduce the additional tariffs the U.S. has levied on hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of imported goods. ST&R attorneys have extensive experience reviewing products for tariff engineering and Chapter 98 opportunities.
Tariff Classification & Tariff Engineering
Because U.S. courts have continually affirmed that CBP can only levy tariffs on goods in their condition as imported, importers in a variety of industries where high duties prevail may import products in unfinished or embellished forms to legally take advantage of classification provisions carrying a lower or free rate of duty.
Chapter 98 Provisions
Special HTSUS Chapter 98 provisions may enable importers to partially or fully avoid the additional tariffs on numerous types of products based on article use or condition. For example, under heading 9802 the value of U.S. components in a product assembled abroad can be deducted from the total customs value of that good when it is imported into the U.S. In addition, under heading 9801 products exported from and returned to the U.S., regardless of their country of origin, are exempt from import duties.
Why Use ST&R’s Tariff Classification Engineering and Chapter 98 Provisions Services
Cost savings: ST&R has helped companies of all sizes take advantage of these duty-saving strategies for decades.
Certainty: These methods are well-established and have been upheld by federal agencies and courts.
Discernment: ST&R’s experience allows us to identify and implement the right strategies for your business.