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Classification

Tariff classification determines the duty rate applicable to an imported product, triggers other government agency requirements, and can affect the origin of a product. For these reasons, tariff classification is the cornerstone of any customs transaction. We recognize that surprises with respect to tariff classification can dramatically affect our clients’ bottom line and work closely with clients to ensure that surprises are avoided. We strive to achieve certainty for our clients by obtaining binding tariff classification rulings, issuing opinion letters, conducting line reviews of imported merchandise, or using other means. We also work with product engineers during the development of new products, develop tariff classification databases, and establish internal controls over tariff classification that are company and situation appropriate. When necessary, we challenge adverse agency classification decisions through the administrative protest and judicial review options that are available to importers.