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Thomas J. Russo
  • Metals Machinery Branch Chief
  • National Commodity Specialist Division (NCSD)-
    New York

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NATIONAL COMMODITY SPECIALIST DIVISION (NCSD)
  • The NCSD is located at 1 Penn Plaza (previously 6
    WTC) in New York and is composed of 48 National
    Import Specialists (NISs) and 45 National Import
    Specialist Assistants (NISAs)
  • The NISs are the recognized Commodity and
    Harmonized Tariff Classification experts in CBP
  • The NISs area of responsibility is defined and
    assigned by HTS number
  • The NCSD is a Division of the Regulations and
    Rulings (RR) located in Washington D.C.
  • RR is under the new Office of International
    Trade (OT)

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National Commodity Specialist Division (NCSD)
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National Commodity Specialist Division
(NCSD) Major Functions to Achieve National
Uniformity and Informed Compliance
  • Technical advice to Headquarters and Other
    Government Offices/Agencies
  • Information/Advice to Field Offices
  • Risk Assessment/Database Maintenance
  • Advice to the Public

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Technical advice to Headquarters and other
government offices/agencies
  • CIT/Assistant Chief Counsel/Department of Justice
    case preparation, stipulations
  • International Agreements Staff HQ Review and
    comment on draft agenda matters before the HSC of
    the WCO
  • ITC US Tariff language, new provisions, etc.
  • Commerce Department - AD/CVD scope
    determinations, new statistical breakouts

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Information/Advice to Field Offices
  • Responding to internal electronic HTS
    classification questions from ports
  • Issuing internal electronic Alerts on HTS
    changes/issues
  • National Commodity Training Sessions (seminar
    program)
  • Mini-seminars/port visits address issues
    specific to a port or group of ports
  • Email network messages or telephone contacts
  • Responses to Focused Assessment Team inquiries

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Advice to the Public
  • Issue Binding Rulings Classification, free
    trade agreements, country of origin, marking
  • Informed Compliance Publications
  • Informed Compliance Seminars, Commodity Specific
    Training Sessions
  • Presentations to trade associations e.g.,
    LIIEA, AAEI, American Footwear Assoc., etc.
  • Telephone advice urgent or unusual issues,
    especially admissibility

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Binding Rulings Authority 19 C.F.R. 177
  • Basic Requirements
  • Name, address, email address, of requesting party
  • Description of transaction - Prospective v.
    Current
  • Statements No issues pending
  • Complete description of goods in imported
    condition
  • Type of Ruling Request (e.g. Classification etc.)

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Types of Rulings
  • Classification
  • Marking
  • Country of Origin
  • Free Trade agreements

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eRulings program
  • Via email since 2003
  • eRulings Template created in December 2005
  • Found on CBP.gov
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Attach Pictures, Illustrations, Manuals
  • Electronic signature
  • Electronic Ruling Program eliminates mailing on
    both ends to reduce overall processing time and
    expedite receipt of decisions.
  • EXCEPTION - No samples permitted

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BY THE NUMBERS
  • A total of over 9000 binding ruling requests were
    filed in FY 2007.
  • Over 25 or approximately 2,400 requests were
    eRulings.
  • Over 2000 ( 225 per month) since the start of the
    new web template in December of 2005.
  • Average response time is approximately 20 days.

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KEY BINDING RULING CBP WEBSITES
  • CBP Main Site - http//www.cbp.gov/
  • What are Rulings
  • http//www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/toolbox/legal/Rulings/r
    uling_letters.xml
  • eRulings Requirements http//www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/t
    oolbox/legal/Rulings/eRulingRequirements.xml
  • eRulings Template
  • https//apps.cbp.gov/erulings/index.asp 
  • Customs Rulings Online Search Systems - CROSS
  • http//rulings.cbp.dhs.gov/
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