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Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents
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The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, signed by the original signatories on October 5, 1961, specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states. Such a certification is called an apostille, an international certification comparable to a notarization. It is often added to documents that have been in some manner signed by a Notary, lawyer or other public official. States which have not signed the Convention must specify how foreign legal documents can be certified for its use. In the U.S., apostilles are usually affixed by the secretary of state in each U.S. state or territory. It may be necessary for an intermediary official to affix a certification that the original signatory (notary or clerk) was authorized to sign the public document, leading to a complex process for obtaining the apostille.

Hague Conference on Private International Law

   

Hague Protocol
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The Hague Protocol is an international convention that in 1955 amended the provisions of the Warsaw Convention to limit an airline operator's liability in carriage of goods and passengers. Its rules and recommendations are followed by most nations accept the US.



   

Hague Rules
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International convention for the unification of certain rules, relating to Bills of Lading (1924).These Rules include the description of responsibilities of Shipping Lines.



   

Hague-Visby Rules
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Set of rules, published in 1968, amending the Hague Rules.



   

Hamburg Rules
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  • Multilateral/International
United Nations Convention on the carriage of goods by sea of 1978 adopted in 1992.



   

Harbor Maintenance Fee
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  • U.S. Import-Related
Harbor Maintenance Fee. The U.S. Customs Service is authorized by the Water Resources Act of 1986 to assess a harbor maintenance fee on the value of commercial cargo loaded on or unloaded from a commercial vessel at ports covered by the Act. Proceeds of the harbor maintenance fee are made available to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the improvement and maintenance of U.S. ports and harbors. The fee is paid by the importers and exporters of cargoes. The fee is based on .125 percent of the value of the cargo. For information on the harbor maintenance fee call the U.S. Customs Service at (202) 927-0540.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

   

Harmonized System (HS)
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  • Multilateral/International
  • Compliance System/Process
The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding Systems generally referred to as "Harmonized System" or simply "HS" is a multipurpose international product nomenclature developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO). It comprises about 5,000 commodity groups; each identified by a six digit code, arranged in a legal and logical structure and is supported by well-defined rules to achieve uniform classification. The system is used by more than 200 countries and economies as a basis for their Customs tariffs and for the collection of international trade statistics. Over 98% of the merchandise in international trade is classified in terms of the HS.

World Customs Organization (WCO)

   

HAWB
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  • U.S. Export-Related
House Air Waybill (HAWB) ndicates to the customer that his/her goods have been received by the company and have been passed on for freight by air. They often include tracking numbers so that the customer can check the status of the shipment.



   

HAZ MAT
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  • Standard (Technical/Health/Safety)
Hazardous materials ('HazMats'), also called dangerous goods, are solids, liquids, or gases that can harm people, other living organisms, property, or the environment. They are often subject to chemical regulations. Dangerous goods include materials that are radioactive, flammable, explosive or corrosive, oxidizers or asphyxiants, biohazardous, toxic, pathogen or allergen substances and organisms, but also physical condititions as compressed gases and liquids or hot materia, including all goods containing such materials or chemicals, or may have other characteristics that render it hazardous in specific circumstances. Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) are issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and govern the transportation of hazardous materials by highway, rail, vessel, and air. The HMR address hazardous materials classification, packaging, hazard communication, emergency response information and training.

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Office of Hazardous Materials

  Tonya Schreiber
202-366-0656
mailto:phmsa.hmhazmatsafety@dot.gov
 

HI
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Common term used for cargo release input application identifier.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

   

HMF
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  • U.S. Import-Related
Harbor Maintenance Fee. The U.S. Customs Service is authorized by the Water Resources Act of 1986 to assess a harbor maintenance fee on the value of commercial cargo loaded on or unloaded from a commercial vessel at ports covered by the Act. Proceeds of the harbor maintenance fee are made available to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the improvement and maintenance of U.S. ports and harbors. The fee is paid by the importers and exporters of cargoes. The fee is based on .125 percent of the value of the cargo. For information on the harbor maintenance fee call the U.S. Customs Service at (202) 927-0540.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

   

House Bill Number
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An alphanumeric identifier that references an individual cargo shipment consolidated under a master bill of lading.



   

HS Codes
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  • Multilateral/International
  • Compliance System/Process
The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding Systems generally referred to as "Harmonized System" or simply "HS" is a multipurpose international product nomenclature developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO). It comprises about 5,000 commodity groups; each identified by a six digit code, arranged in a legal and logical structure and is supported by well-defined rules to achieve uniform classification. The system is used by more than 200 countries and economies as a basis for their Customs tariffs and for the collection of international trade statistics. Over 98 % of the merchandise in international trade is classified in terms of the HS.

World Customs Organization (WCO)

   

HTS Number or Tariff Number
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  • Term/Acronym
  • U.S. Import-Related
An 8- or 10-position alphanumeric code assigned to various commodities listed in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated.

U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC)

   

HTSUSA
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  • Term/Acronym
  • U.S. Import-Related
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUSA) is an organized listing of goods and their duty rates which is used as the basis for classifying imported products and identifying the rates of duty to be charged on them. It is based on the international Harmonized System Convention.

U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC)

  Lynette Gabourel
202-205-3296
mailto:lynette.gabourel@usitc.gov
 


 
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