About The Webinar

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.

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Key Topics

  • 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

Please note we do not accept payment via American Express.


Deborah B. Stern

Partner, Advisory Committee

DEBORAH B. STERN is a Partner, Advisory Committee with Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in the Miami office. A former senior attorney with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 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, 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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