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Import Operations & Procedures On-Site Training

Under current laws, importers are responsible for the proper classification and valuation of imported merchandise. Unz & Co. offers training that can help importers comply with record-keeping and exercise Reasonable Care in dealing with Customs regulations.

Call (800) 631-3098 or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment for on-site training at your company.

Learn how to ensure reasonable care to avoid fines and penalties
The Customs Modernization and Informed Compliance Act has transferred responsibility for the proper classification and valuation of imported merchandise directly to the importer. It obliges an importer to exercise Reasonable Care in the conduct of business with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Under the concept of Reasonable Care, the importer must be knowledgeable of the laws and regulations governing imports. CBP will assist, but the burden is on the importer to properly apply the Customs regulations of the U.S. and to correctly classify and value imported merchandise and ensure that an entry is filed correctly. Noncompliance with recordkeeping requirements and an inability to document Reasonable Care may lead to a regulatory or enforcement audit.

Who Should Attend?

  • Importers and their staff who are involved in purchasing, traffic, logistics, contract administration, coordination with Customs brokers or with any aspect of the import process
  • Customs brokerage personnel looking to expand their knowledge
  • International freight forwarders seeking a better understanding of the import process

How Will You Benefit?

  • You’ll understand the Customs Mod Act and its impact on your responsibility for classifying and valuing merchandise
  • You’ll understand your requirements as an importer to apply Reasonable Care
  • You’ll learn the application and use of the Harmonized System to properly classify imported merchandise
  • You’ll understand the importer’s responsibilities regarding Country of Origin marking, thus avoiding delays in clearance or possible detention.
  • You’ll learn your regulatory requirements for the valuation of imported merchandise and the elements of value to be statutorily included and excluded
  • You’ll learn when and how to file a protest of liquidation to recover overpayments of duty
  • You’ll understand the administrative process and regulatory requirements in the filing of a customs entry through to its final liquidation

The 2-day Agenda for the Import Operations & Procedures Workshop includes:


  • 8:00-8:30 a.m.: Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.: Training

Training Subjects
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Other Government Agencies

  • Various Roles of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Changing Roles under the Mod Act
  • Role of Other Government Agencies in the Import Process
  • Background on the Customs Mod Act
  • Informed Compliance
  • Reasonable Care
  • Shared Responsibility

The Role of the Customs Broker

  • Selecting a Customs Broker
  • Services Available
  • Limit of Responsibility
  • Powers of Attorney

Automated Commercial System
Automated Commercial Environment
The Entry Process

  • 24-Hour Rule
  • Security Filing (“10+2 Rule”)
  • Solid Wood Packing requirements
  • Right to Make Entry

Surety Bonds & Insurance

  • Role of the Surety
  • Continuous Entry Bonds
  • Single-entry bonds
  • Various Purposes of Bonds for Other Customs Activities

Types of Entries

  • Entry and Entry Summary
  • Warehouse Entry
  • Temporary Importation Entry
  • In-Bond Entry
  • Transportation & Exportation Entry
  • Foreign Trade Zone Entry
  • Conditionally Free

Import Documentation

  • Commercial Invoice
  • Packing List
  • Certificates of Origin
  • Preference Criteria Certificates
  • Quotas

Customs Financial Procedures

  • Merchandise Processing Fee
  • Harbor Maintenance Fee

Post-Entry Processing

  • Reconciliation
  • Liquidation
  • Protests

Intellectual Property Rights

  • Copyright Protections
  • Trademark Protections
  • Trade Name Protections


  • 8:00-8:30 a.m.: Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Training

Training Subjects

Country of Origin Marking

  • Determining Origin
  • Nature of Merchandise Marking
  • J List Exceptions
  • Examinations and Certificates of Marking

Harmonized Tariff Classification

  • Background on the Harmonized System
  • Structure of the HTSUS
  • General Rules of Interpretation
  • General Notes
  • Application of the HTS to Imported Merchandise
  • Tariff Engineering
  • Classification Rulings from U.S. Customs Border and Protection

Valuation of Imported Merchandise

  • The Valuation Code
  • Transaction Value
  • Alternative Methods of Appraisement
  • Statutory Additions to Appraised Value
  • Statutory Exclusions to Appraised Value
  • Bona Fide Sales for Export

Import Compliance and Recordkeeping

  • Import Management Systems
  • Recordkeeping Requirements
  • The A (1)(a) List of Required Records
  • Preparing for and Managing a Customs Audit

CBP Initiative

  • Focused Assessment — the Audit Process
  • Importer Self-Assessment (ISA)
  • Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)


  • Evolution of the Global Virtual Marketplace
  • E-Commerce and the Customs Regulations
  • Responsibilities of the Importer

Free Essential References to Take Back to Your Office
All attendees will receive valuable resources that will help you understand the ins and outs of the import process — including current U.S. Customs and other government agency regulations. They make participating in the workshop more rewarding and serve as essential references once you are back in the office.

Everyone in the class was so enthusiastic in going over every detail on the topics that we haven’t discussed in two years. The instructor provided us new information to our benefit!

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