How to Get CBP to Classify Your Imports for Free: How to Design a Binding Ruling Request

Martin K. Behr, III
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
10:00 AM PDT | 01:00 PM EDT
90 Minutes

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can go back five (5) years and retroactively assess the correct duty rate for all product shipments during that time.

They agency can also charge interest on the duties owed and penalize an importer for incorrectly classifying the product.

Should CBP move beyond sending you a CBP Form 28 (Request for Information) to a full-blown audit, the resolution process can take six months to a year’s time. During this time, importers may need to dedicate full-time resources to gather and submit the information the agency is demanding. Resources in finance, receiving, purchasing, and logistics may be tasked to help validate the accuracy of the imported products under the scrutiny of CBP.

A CBP audit may even prompt an inquiry into every product a company imports. Fortunately, when product classifications are in question, importers can ask CBP to determine the correct classifications and duty rates in advance. These determinations are known as binding rulings. Once they are in place, they are binding at all U.S. ports of entry.

The most common binding ruling requests are for tariff classification, but importers may also request rulings on proper Customs Valuation Methodology and Country of Origin determination and marking.

Why should you Attend: You should attend because you can save yourself time, money and aggravation when it comes to classifying your prospective import shipments.

Learn how to make use of a FREE service provided by CBP. The agency will actually make import product classifications on your behalf and render decisions concerning duty rates - and more.

Learn how to properly craft, or write, a binding ruling request to CBP.

Learn how to save money by doing your own binding ruling requests and not pay or reduce your fees to Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers, customs lawyers and customs consultants for doing rulings on your behalf.

Learn how to use the "magic language" that you need include in your requests.

Binding rulings can:

  • Provide certainty on landed cost
  • Help avoid unnecessary delays in Customs clearances
  • Minimize the chances for a CF-28 or a Customs audit
  • Ensure uniformity across all U.S. ports
  • Demonstrate reasonable care and ensure accurate product declarations
  • Help you to avoid importing items subject to antidumping and countervailing duties as well as those items subject to quota and special marking requirements

You will also receive a sample written binding ruling request to CBP.

Areas Covered in the Session:
  • How to conduct research concerning a binding ruling
  • How to prepare a binding ruling
  • How to apply for a binding ruling
  • How to appeal a binding ruling

Who Will Benefit:
  • Importers
  • Exporters
  • Business Owners
  • Accountants
  • Lawyers
  • Anyone Involved in importing goods into the United States

Speaker Profile
Martin K.Behr, III is a customs and international trade lawyer admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, and before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Court of International Trade. Martin received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University - Newark, Phi Beta Kappa, with high honors; a Master of Public Administration degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University; and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law - Newark. Martin is a distinguished graduate of both the U.S. Law Enforcement Training Center and the U.S. Customs Service Academy. He is also a licensed U.S. Customs Broker (No. 20643), one who worked in the industry for several years.

Martin is a former U.S. Customs officer (senior inspector and import specialist), who was stationed at land (Champlain-Rouses Point, NY), air (JFK International Airport and Newark Liberty) and sea (Newark) ports of entry. While with U.S. Customs at the Port of New York/Newark, he was also a member of the agency's export control branch. Martin is also a former special agent with the U.S. Department of Defense, assistant prosecutor with the Office of Hudson County (NJ) Prosecutor, and an executive with a global FMC-licensed Ocean Transportation Intermediary. Martin was also a trade consultant with Unz & Co. Presently, Martin is an instructor with City University of New York's Baruch College Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS), where he teaches import, export, and other international trade courses. In 2013, Martin received the Outstanding Instructor of the Year Award from Baruch CAPS. Martin has also taught international trade courses at Fashion Institute of Technology and Pace University in New York City. Martin is also of counsel to GRVR Attorneys (, which specializes in customs and international trade matters.

A frequent lecturer before different trade associations around the country, Martin also provides corporate training and seminars concerning customs and international trade issues.

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