[GTA Course] Advanced Classification: Machinery and Electronics – September 21-23

Advanced Classification: Machinery and Electronics


This 3-day advanced classification course provides an in-depth review of the Harmonized Schedule (HS) Section XVI covering machinery and electronics. Focusing on the General Rules of Interpretation (GRI) and using a unique methodology for defending your answers globally, participants will learn how to present and defend their HS classification process with suppliers, related parties, and customs officials.


This course features intensive study and practical exercises that will take your knowledge of the GRI to the next level.


Course topics

  • General Rules of Interpretation (GRI) and how to properly apply them
  • Framework of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS)
  • Intensive review of Harmonized Schedule (HS) Chapters 84 and 85, including a detailed discussion of their key subheadings that cover electronics and machinery
  • Review of relevant Informed Compliance publications for machinery and electronics
  • Machine product coverage of the mysterious HS Heading 8479
  • Electronics product coverage of the mysterious HS Heading 8543
  • Detailed review of Section and Chapter Notes specific to the industries making or importing machinery and electronics
  • The “problem” Chapter 84 and 85 headings for many importers of machinery and electronics
  • Resolving different HS Classification findings by colleagues located in different countries
  • Writing a Customs Ruling Request and successfully advocate a specific classification to Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • Review penalty cases involving machinery, electronics, and parts

What you will learn

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the General Rules of Interpretation (GRIs).
  • Identify articles classified under “eo nominee.”
  • Identify the nuances of classifying machines, and their tools, as well as electronics.
  • Resolve different HS classifications used by business partners in different countries.
  • Identify which machines are allowed into the challenging heading 8479 and electronics in 8543.