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Month: October 2011

  • Customs Attorney: How Much Duty Do I Have To Pay? – Customs Classification

    CLASSIFICATION is the process by which goods are categorized for determining payment of duty as well as for statistical purposes. The United States is apart of the Harmonized System of Classification which functions under an International and a Domestic (Country Specific) level. On the international level all those who are parties to the Harmonized system will classify the product the same. However, at the domestic level each country has its own detailed descriptions and rates of duty one has to pay. There are many laws and rules regarding interpreting the[...]

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  • Customs Attorney: What is the "Value" of my goods? – Customs Valuation

    The duty, taxes, and Customs' fees due on an imported article are its percentage of its DUTIABLE VALUE. The dutiable value is determined by the process of appraisement. Generally, appraisement is calculated by determining the transaction value of the goods, i.e. the price actually paid or payable for the goods when sold for export into the United States. Usually, the the price paid or payable is based on the F.O.B price at the port of export and shipping it onto the carrier. Improper valuation of goods affects the duty liability.[...]

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  • Customs Attorney: Documents you should know!

    Providing documentation to U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") dictates the basis for all CBP decisions. Without complete and accurate information results in delay and added expenses. What are the documents usually involved in international trade?The Invoice: 1. Provides the documents evidencing the commercial transaction. 2. Government agencies such as CBP, Food and Drug Administration, Consumer Product Safety Commission use the invoice to determine importing compliance. 3. Special information may be required accompanying the invoice. For example, Footwear requires the following:Footwear, classifiable in headings 6401 through 6405 of the HTSUS-(1)[...]

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