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Harmonized Tariff Schedule and Schedule B Classification

March 24, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


  • Who is responsible for correct HTS and Schedule B classifications?
  • What is the correct HTS classification for your product? Are you sure?
  • When was the last time your classifications were reviewed?

As requested by MITC members, we’re excited to host this in-depth training with Mike Allocca of Allocca Enterprises.

Because classifying a product can be done based on its function, form, or composition, HS classification is complicated. Importers and exporters are required to use reasonable care and due diligence in determining accurate classifications. Incorrectly classifying a product can lead to non-compliance penalties, border delays, seizure of the products, or even a denial of import privileges.


Who should attend?

Exporters, Importers, Purchasing, Sales/Marketing, Logistics, Traffic, Customer Service, Legal, Credit Managers, Controllers, Engineers, Customs Brokers, and Freight Forwarders

Topics Covered

  • Understand how, why, and when the Harmonized Tariff Schedule was created
  • Learn what the General Rules of Interpretation (GRI) are and how they are used on every classification 
  • Review the roles of a customs broker, freight forwarder, and importer/exporter of record
  • Learn the difference between a Schedule B & HTS number
  • Understand how to use the Customs Rulings Online Search System (CROSS)
  • Review instructor & CBP based specific classification examples
  • Go through the abbreviations for commodity classification and units of quantity/measure
  • Review chapter 98 for proper U.S. goods returned/repairs/warranty classifications
  • Determine the difference between duty, user fees, and antidumping/countervailing duties

Featured Presenter

Mike Allocca of Allocca Enterprises, a full-service export and import compliance training company, is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) through NASBITE and winner of the prestigious President’s E Award for excellence in export development training. He founded Allocca Enterprises in 2006 and works with exporters and importers daily all over the United States. Mike was appointed to the District Export Council (DEC) in Columbia, SC. He keeps updated on export/import regulations by regularly attending and/or hosting programs, seminars, and events with the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Customs & Border Protection , U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of State, NAFTA – Office of Intra American Affairs, and the TSA.


Space is limited. Advance registration is required. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

SBA-Eligible Companies: $75 per person
Non-SBA-Eligible Companies: $250 per person


Location & Parking

Maine Port Authority International Marine Terminal, 454 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101

Please use the entrance on the Commercial Street side of the building. This is a secure building, and staff will need to open the door for you to enter. The training room is on the first floor next to the entrance.

If spaces are available, you may park in the parking lot beside the smaller building at 460 Commercial Street or in the overflow area beneath the bridge. There is also a city-owned lot across the street (441 Commercial Street, 207-874-8444) for $5/day with a pay station for cash or credit card.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Cheryl Rau at (207) 541-7400, if you require accommodation.


March 24, 2020
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Maine Port Authority International Marine Terminal
454 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101
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