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Hank Selby

Articles Written By Hank Selby

Customs Focus: Country of Origin Marking

Hank Selby | May 5, 2002 | Import Basics

Most articles written today about U.S. Customs and Border Protection focus on fighting the war on terrorism or on drug interdiction. While fighting terrorism and drugs has received increased visibility, Customs continues to enforce a large number of ongoing commercial initiatives.

One such initiative: All imported goods, with a few exceptions, must be marked with their country of origin.

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What Is Reasonable Care?

Hank Selby | February 24, 2002 | Import Basics
One of the most intriguing provisions of the U.S. Customs Modernization Act (Mod Act) that became effective in 1993 is the introduction of the concept of “Informed Compliance.” The basic concept is simple: importers are required to inform themselves of all laws and regulations pertaining to their own Customs business activities. But what does this really mean?

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What's So Important about the Harmonized System Classification?

Hank Selby | December 20, 2001 | Import Basics

For those of us who have been in the international trade arena for a while, the subject of product classification has always been interesting and, often, quite confusing.

When I started in this business more than 20 years ago, there was no single system used to classify imports worldwide. The United States used the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. (HTSUS), Europe generally used the Brussels Tariff Nomenclature, and many other countries had their own unique systems.

Sound confusing? It was!

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