If there is ambiguity with determining the HTS classification of a product, the importer can submit a binding ruling request to Customs.
There are three ways submit a binding ruling request.
- You can file an e-binding ruling request yourself. Customs does not charge any fee for filing and they usually respond in 30 days. Here is the website for doing so as well as instructions:
- Hire a Customs broker – Cargocentric is a licensed broker for 30+ years. Contact us to get started.
- Hire a Customs trade attorney – Cargocentric works with several very experienced trade attorneys. Contact us for a referral.
The issue of which way to file the request comes down to a couple of factors:
- The amount of money involved. If there is indeed a lot of money on the line, it would behoove you to get a professional to write the ruling request.
- The riskiness of the ruling request. On the one hand, if you feel the ruling request is straightforward, you may decide that you even though a lot of money is on the line, you don’t mind filing the ruling request yourself. On the other hand, if you are concerned that there are two or more different classifications with a large disparities in possible duty rates assessed, you may want to make sure you have someone experienced to make the best possible argument for you.