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These two or three-day Advanced Classification Courses contains intensive study and practical exercises that will take your knowledge of the General Rules of Interpretation (GRI) to the next level. An in depth approach will be taken to ensure that participants are adequately trained to defend their questions and learn how to access and use Canadian Customs rulings, WCO rulings, Explanatory Notes and the Compendium. We also review penalty cases, analyze what went wrong and how it can be avoided.

For current Certified Classification Specialists™ (CCLS™) who enroll, this course will fulfill your annual re-certification requirements. Every CCLS™ holder is eligible to submit two product requests that may be used as part of the defense questions during the class.

This course is open to participants of all levels of expertise. Our methodology will quickly bring beginners to an experienced level, and higher qualified classifiers to experts in this area.

We offer several Advanced Classification courses:

This is a three day industry leading advanced course designed to address the issues facing machinery, parts and electronics importers and exporters. Focusing in on the General Rules of Interpretation (GRI) and using a unique methodology for defending your answers globally, participants will learn how to present and defend their HTS classification process with suppliers, related parties and Customs officials.

Program Overview:

  • General Rules of Interpretation and how to properly apply them
  • Framework of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule
  • Intensive review of HTS Chapters 84 and 85 including a detailed discussion of their key subheadings that cover electronics and machinery
  • Review of relevant informed compliance publications for machinery, electronics and parts
  • Machine product coverage of the mysterious HTS Heading 8479
  • Electronics product coverage of the mysterious HTS Heading 8543
  • Detailed review of section and chapter notes specific to the industries making or importing machinery and electronics
  • When to classify an article "eo nomine"
  • The "problem" Chapter 84 and 85 headings for many importers of machinery and electronics
  • How to defend your classification globally, when working with suppliers, related parties or Customs officials
  • How to access and use Canadian Customs rulings, WCO rulings, Explanatory Notes, the Compendium
  • How to resolve different HTS Classification findings by colleagues located in different countries
  • How to confirm an article as a part, accessory or part of general use, to ensure proper classification
  • The hierarchy of parts classification under the HTS
  • How to write a Customs Ruling Request and successfully advocate a specific classification to CBP
  • Penalty cases involving machinery, electronics and parts, what went wrong and how do you avoid it?


May 23, 2018 Houston, TX
November 7, 2018 Detroit, MI




This seminar will provide an overview on the classification of Parts with the HTSUS. It will include an emphasis on the General Rules of Interpretation from the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS). Parts as Articles as described under the HTS will be discussed. Registrants will learn what is considered Parts as defined in the HTS through examples from CBP Binding Rulings and Court Cases. Participants will learn how to effectively classify Parts. In additions, Articles that are often misclassified will be reviewed. Sections XV through XIX will be covered during this course.


May 22, 2018 Houston, TX
November 6, 2018 Detroit, MI




This workshop addresses the issues facing importers and exporters of textiles. When is a T-Shirt a T-Shirt? Clarifying issues between 6109 and 6110 requires strong knowledge of the Section and Chapter notes and the definitions cited by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for proper classification. This is one example of the many issues facing textile classifiers and this course will bring to light how to properly classify within Section XI of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule.

Program Overview:

  • Detailed review of Section XI, Chapters 50 -62
  • Overview of classification of fibers and CBP notes
  • How to classify non clothing articles including wadding
  • Classification of articles of clothing and finished goods
  • How to confirm an article as a part, accessory or part of general use, to ensure proper classification
  • And more...


May 8, 2018 East Rutherford, NJ




This two-day course will provide of intensive interactive instruction and hands-on preparation involving the classification of plastics, rubber and intermediate and advanced products made from these two materials. This course explains key plastic and rubber terms, discusses current areas of concern involving their classification, and the treatment of such products by U.S. trading partners.

Program Overview:

  • Intensive review of the coverage of HTS Chapters 39 and 40
  • Explanation of the production processes for plastic and rubber products
  • Plastic and rubber products classified outside HTS Section VII
  • Differentiating the polymers and resins of the “plastics” chapter
  • Key recent CBP rulings and court cases involving plastics or rubber items
  • And more...


March 27, 2018 East Rutherford, NJ
July 17, 2018 Los Angeles, CA




"Excellent course - I feel that I will be taking more knowledge back to my company."


Classification Specialist
Stanley Black & Decker Inc



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