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U.S. Import Controls: Tariff-Related
IIB. U.S. Tariff-Related Import Controls
Who is responsible for paying the import duty?
What is the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States?
Where can I find the Explanatory Notes to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule?
How do I use the Harmonized Tarriff Schedule (HTS) to determining duty rates?
What does the HTS abbreviation 'NESOI' mean?
What is value and what value is used for Customs and Border Protection purposes?
Can CBP appraise the goods for more than I paid for them?
Is the U.S. import duty assessed on the CIF value (cost, insurance, freight) or FOB or some other basis?
What is the binding ruling program?
Where do I send binding ruling requests?
Are Nonprofit Organizations exempt from paying CBP Duty on permanent imports?
Are there any provisions in the HTS that exempt government agencies from paying duty?
What is the difference between Absolute vs. Tariff Rate Quotas?
Do duty rates vary according to the state of arrival of the goods?
Are there other taxes or fees required to import goods into the U.S., other than duty?
What is a consumption entry?
What are Anti-dumping & Countervailing duties?
What are Harbor Maintenance Fees (HMF)?
Are Harbor Maintenance Fees ( HMF) assessed on imports and exports?
What is the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)?
How can I obtain a list of countries that are eligible for reduced duty rates or duty-free treatment (i.e. GSP , NAFTA, CBI)?
What countries not eligible for NTR / MFN duty rates?
Which countries are subject to the U.S. duty rates under Column 1 / Column 2 / MFN / NTR?
Are imports from Canada and Mexico duty free under NAFTA?
What is the In-Bond Program?
When is a Customs bond usually required?
Why are bonds required to import goods valued at more than $2000?
How do I get a Customs Bond?
How do I terminate a Customs Bond?
How are bond amounts for a single entry bond and continuous bond for imports determined?
How to become a bonded warehouse?
FTZ - What are Foreign -Trade Zones?
FTZ - How Foreign Trade Zones differ from other CBP programs?
FTZ - Is duty required for goods entered into a zone?
FTZ - Is duty required for goods manufactured in a zone being exported to Canada?
FTZ - Who determines the status of merchandise admitted to a zone?
FTZ - Types of Foreign -Trade Zones?
FTZ - How to obtain information?
FTZ - How to get started in the Foreign Trade Zone program?
FTZ - What can be done to merchandise in a zone?
FTZ - Will my zone be operational immediately after I receive my grant?
Carnet - Importer's Obligations
Carnet - Goods covered by a U.S. issued carnet reimported into the U.S.?
Carnet - How long is it valid?
What if the ATA carnet has expired?
Carnet - Why not a TIB?
How is a U.S. issued ATA carnet processed by Customs and Border Protection?
Can I obtain a refund of the duty I paid for imported goods, if I export or return the goods to the supplier?
Goods imported with duty paid being exported / returned to overseas supplier for repairs, alteration, processing, replacement, exchange, upgrade, and use abroad. Will the importer have to pay duty when the goods return?
How can I bring in temporary imports for repair, alteration, or processing without paying a duty?
How to get a refund of duty paid by a courier (Fedex, DHL, UPS, etc.) service?
Is duty required on U.S. made goods returning and imported into the U.S.?
Is duty required when U.S. components, materials, assets etc. are sent overseas for assembly or processing, then returned back to the U.S.? For instance, gold or stone to be used in jewelry?
What are the options when importing commercial samples to solicit orders?
How long does an importer or exporter have to file a drawback claim?
When importing goods purchased online, how is the import duty determined and when is it paid?
Are goods purchased online subject to import duty?
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