Export compliance means attention to detail, consistent procedures, up to date knowledge, and oversight. Due diligence is required for EEI filings, Schedule B and ECCN classification, Licensing entries, and Country of Origin determination. In spite of best efforts, mistakes will be made. In these cases a Voluntary Self-Disclosure is a smart move. Here is some info from the BIS (Bureau of Industry and Security) website:

Parties who believe they may have committed a violation of the EAR are encouraged to submit a Voluntary Self-Disclosure (VSD) to BIS. VSDs are an important indicator of a party’s desire to bring their export activities into compliance, and also may provide important information to BIS helping to identify foreign proliferation networks. Parties submitting VSDs may be eligible for significant reductions in administrative penalties, and those with well-implemented EMCPs may expect further significant reductions of administrative penalties. Procedures for submitting VSDs may be found in Section 764.5 of the EAR. The procedures detailed in Section 764.5 do not apply to VSDs involving violations of the antiboycott provisions of the EAR. Procedures for submitting VSDs for boycott violations are found in Section 764.8 of the EAR.

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Notice To Exporters

Did you know?

Exporters may use HTS codes in place of Schedule B. Go to https://hts.usitc.gov/current and choose the view tab. As always, there are exceptions, but you may be able to avoid toggling between lists. If you are maintaining separate parts lists for HTS and Schedule B codes this could be a time saver.

From the tariff:

For reporting exports, the provisions of this HTS publication may generally be used in place of the reporting codes of Schedule B on the Shipper’s Export Declaration, or under the program for electronic reporting of exports. Except as noted below, the statistical reporting numbers in the HTS (with the article descriptions and units of quantity) for articles falling in chapters 1 through 97 may be used in place of those in Schedule B. The special prefix symbols which denote preferential tariff treatment should not be included.

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Got Changes?

As noted in previous posts the HTS (Harmonized Tariff Schedule) has been updated for 2022 and the changes are significant. The change record lists 12 pages of codes that have been established, discontinued. or modified. The tariff will be revised throughout the year. For reference the 2021 version was revised 12 times and the 2020 version 28 times.

It’s time to review your codes.

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January Due Diligence

An annual customs review is a good business practice. As part of your due diligence check to make sure you are taking advantage of regulations that allow importing on a duty free or preferential basis. Here are a few basic items for your annual customs review:

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Classification– review annual updates to Harmonized Tariff to make sure your codes and descriptions are accurate. Proper classification and valuation of imported goods are the first step in compliance. If you do nothing else, do this.

Duty Drawback– this is a refund of duties paid on imports that are later exported. As supply chains expand there may be new opportunities for drawback. Record keeping is key here.

Chapter 98 of the Harmonized Tariff allows duty free entry of certain categories of goods. Examples are: American Goods Returned, American Goods Repaired or Altered Abroad, and American Components Assembled Abroad.

Trade agreements– programs which allow duty free or reduced duty rate entries. There are many agreements (such as USMCA) in place.

Customs rulings– consider requesting formal customs rulings prior to large transactions. This ensures compliance and eliminates uncertainty about imports. Rulings can be requested thru the CBP website.

Correcting errors– when an entry mistake is discovered it can be corrected by a prior disclosure to CBP. The formal process is a Post-Entry Amendment/Post Summary Correction. A prior disclosure can help mitigate penalties.

Heads Up Exporters

Registered United States Census Bureau Logo January 4, 2022
Schedule B and Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) Updated in the Automated Export System (AES)

Effective immediately, the Schedule B and Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) tables have been updated to accept the 484(f) statistical changes to the January 1, 2022 codes. AES will accept shipments with outdated codes during a grace period for 30 days beyond the expiration date of December 31, 2021. Reporting an outdated code after the 30-day grace period will result in a fatal error. The ACE AESDirect program has been updated with the January 1, 2022 codes and will accept shipments with outdated codes during the grace period. There will be a second AES update later this month to add new Schedule B and HTS codes resulting from international changes to the 2022 Harmonized System.

The 2022 Schedule B and HTS tables are available for downloading at: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/aes/documentlibrary/#concordance

The current list of HTS codes that are not valid for AES are available at: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/aes/documentlibrary/concordance/hts-not-for-aes.html

For further information or questions, contact the U.S. Census Bureau’s International Trade Indicator Micro Analysis Branch:  Telephone: (800) 549-0595, select option 2 for International Trade Indicator Micro Analysis Branch Email: eid.scheduleb@census.gov Online: www.census.gov/trade Blog: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/blogs/global-reach.html We’re Here to Help We’re here to help you get the most out of Census Bureau data. If you have a question, give us a call at 1-800-549-0595.

It’s That Time of Year

Happy New Year…It’s that time of year again. The 2022 Preliminary Edition of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule has been published and there will be more changes later in January. Best practices in compliance include reviewing your parts lists to make sure you are using accurate and up to date HTS codes.

Why not take it one step further and develop a parts matrix listing descriptions, HTS codes, Schedule B codes, ECCN, License info, Country of Origin, and any other relevant import/export data? Your matrix will enable you to document new parts additions and changes as they occur. All departments involved in trade will be working with the same information so errors and omissions will be reduced.

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