One of the most basic tasks in the customs clearance process is the assignment of the most appropriate tariff schedule description. Whether the entry is made in the United States or a foreign country, a tariff classification will be made in accordance with the Harmonized Tariff System (HTS). The importer is responsible for selecting the most appropriate tariff provision for a specific imported item from among thousands of possible tariff classifications
. The assigned tariff classification can have repercussions that extend beyond the duty rate assigned to that provision. Changes in tariff classification measured under a “tariff shift” test will determine eligibility for many free trade agreements, and many trade remedy laws and regulations, such as the Lacey Act, are applied and enforced on a tariff classification basis. TCS LLC can prepare a tariff classification database to apply to your imports, and we can review the tariff classifications already assigned to your imports to determine their compliance status or identify opportunities that may arise from reclassifying your imports. When appropriated, TCS LLC can prepare and file a ruling request with CBP, or we can draft a classification request under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) with BIS for export compliance.