• Powell Slaughter

Seminars to address tariff classification, NAFTA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals will host two seminars, Sept. 19-20, examining classification of the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule and developments in the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The sessions, which take place at Central Piedmont Community College at 3210 CPCC Harris Campus Dr. here, are appropriate for customs compliance professionals both on the 3PL/customs broker and the shipper/importer sides of the business. Both seminars include lunch with registration.

The classification seminar is set for 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 19. This skills-building seminar teaches classification according the Harmonized Tariff Schedule and Schedule B. Attendees will learn: classification according to the general rules of interpretations; classification of parts and accessories; classification of sets and kits; justifying and documenting classification choices; external resources available to support the classification decision; the role of classification in determining duty and participation in free trade agreements; and best practices of an accurate classification program.

The NAFTA seminar, for which a working knowledge of harmonized tariff schedule classification is recommended, takes place 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 20. Attendees will learn: how made in Canada, Mexico or the United States does not mean that your goods qualify for duty exemption benefits under NAFTA; how to qualify (originate) your goods; special provisions for taking advantage of NAFTA; NAFTA’s treatment of the special sectors of automotive, agriculture, textiles and electronics; how to complete the official certificate of origin; options for completing the official certificate when requested by a domestic customer; best practices for managing a certificate or origin; and insights into other free trade agreements.

Click here for more information and to register for these events.

Powell SlaughterPowell Slaughter | Senior Editor

I'm Powell Slaughter, senior editor at Furniture/Today. I returned to the publication in January 2015 after nine years of writing about furniture retail strategies and best practices at a monthly magazine focusing on home furnishings retail operations. Prior to that, I spent 10 years with F/T covering wood furniture, the last five of those as case goods editor. While I cover occasional, home entertainment and home office here, a major responsibility is expanding our attention to the logistics side of the industry. I hope my articles will encourage a dialogue with retailers, vendors, third-party logistics specialists and carriers. I’d love to hear your ideas, concerns and suggestions for smoother flow of material and goods.

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