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HTS & Commodity Classification Basics + ACE

The Harmonized Systems Process comprises about 5,000 commodity groups arranged in a legal and logical structure and is supported by well-defined rules to achieve uniform classification. The HTS & Commodity Classification 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. This workshop is best suited for people involved with logistics and documentation of imports and/or exports. In order to customize this workshop for the participants, all participants will be asked to provide some information on their products and questions in advance.

This program will help you understand the Harmonized Tariff System for imports and the Schedule B listing for exports. We will learn and review the 6 General Rules of Interpretation (GRI) used to classify every product. We will go through instructor and Customs & Border Protection (CPB) based sample classifications using each of the General Rules. By using the CROSS system we will show how CBP reviews binding ruling requests and what that means for your products.

  • Research tools for Classifying your product
  • Harmonize Tariff Schedule of the United States (2016) – HTSUS
  • Learn about the U.S. Rules of Interpretation
  • Cross Search
  • Customs rulings online search system
  • ADD / CVD search
  • Search by Case Number
  • Learn about liquidation notices
  •  Informed compliance
  • Governing bodies
  • Information on Special Programs, General System of Preferences


Registration Information

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Location: Comfort Inn O’Hare / Des Plaines
2175 E. Touhy Avenue
Des Plaines, IL 60018
Phone: 847-635-1300

Registration: 0730

Seminar: 0800 – 1200

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Our Speaker:

Lisa Waller


Lisa Victoria Waller is Vice President and minority owner of BDG International, Inc. located in Elgin (Chicago) Illinois.   BDG International, Inc. (BDG) has been in business since 1983 and is an International Freight Forwarder, Project Freight Forwarder,  U.S. Customs Broker and Letter of Credit Specialist.

Lisa is a U.S. Licensed Customs Broker, IATA Certified, DG Certified, IAC & CTPAT Security Coordinator, Certified Customs Specialist, Certified Export Specialist and has a BS /International Business.

It is the goal of BDG International, Inc. to build trade routes that are customized to the project, shipper and consignee, educate the public on International Trade and Logistics Compliance, understanding Incoterms and letter of credits, making good logistics decisions and in the end making export and import easier in order to assist the U.S. companies to work in a global environment. 

Through the understanding of Government Compliance, Import logistics and Export Logistics – BDG International is able to provide a full global logistics consulting portfolio of services.