Classification of Imported Merchandise

The tariff classification of merchandise governs the rate of duty applicable upon entry. Proper classification requires a detailed legal analysis and thorough knowledge of the international Harmonized Tariff System (HTS), which has been adopted by over 120 countries of the world. In the U.S., knowledge of the HTSUS, Customs rulings, practices, and court decisions is essential to successful strategies to identify the classification resulting in the lowest legally correct rate.

Customs Valuation of Imported Merchandise

Importers must ensure the correct method of valuation is applied to their merchandise and that all elements of value prescribed by statute are included in the value reported to the customs authorities. Customs valuation is also subject to international obligations under the GATT Valuation Code, which has been accepted by over 100 countries.

  • Tariff Classification of Goods
  • Valuation of Merchandise for Customs Duty Assessment
  • Country of Origin Determinations
  • Marking and Labeling Requirements
  • Import and Export Documentation

 Product Admissibility

Imported merchandise is subject to a myriad of regulatory requirements concerning marking, labeling, content and safety. These requirements are imposed by many government agencies through enforcement by the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. Goods found not to be in compliance may be detained, excluded or seized and importers may be subject to civil and/or criminal penalties.


  • Licensing requirements and procedures
  • Export Classification (ECCNs)
  • Deemed Exports/Technology Transfers International Trade
  • Contract negotiation and drafting
  • Practice before administrative agencies
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-bribery laws