Discover the Advance Ruling process, a valuable tool that allows importers to seek a written determination on proper Tariff Classification, duty rates, and government agency regulations even before importation, and learn all about the Prior Disclosure option, which can rectify mistakes by proactively approaching Customs, fully disclosing the situation, and correcting any errors made by you as an importer.
Our video provides invaluable advice for both new and experienced importers, helping you stay compliant and on top of your game, so watch the video below and stay informed!
Video Transcript – Tariff Classification Errors
So, if I could offer a few bits of advice. If you’re a company that’s thinking about starting to import a product or different product line into the United States, CBP has made available an Advance Ruling process, where you can seek a written determination as to the proper Tariff Classification, the proper duty rates, any other government agencies which may attach to that product line and you can ask for these Advanced Rulings ahead of, again, your importation. So, if you’ve been importing for a while and you’ve become aware perhaps through your own internal Customs Compliance program that mistakes have been made, Customs also allows for a prior disclosure. Which is where the Importer comes to Customs first and says, “I’ve made a mistake”, fully discloses the situation behind the errors and rectifies the proper duty or whatever the error was made. So, again it’s always best that you seek Advanced information where you can. If you become aware of an issue, you want to be upfront with Customs. They will find out sooner or later and again like we talked about before, you don’t want to appear on CBP’s radar. It’s very hard to get off. They will stay focused on you, they will ask more questions, they will examine more of your cargo. So, I think those are two bits of advice that I could provide for companies that are either new to importing, or have been importing for some time.