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Title: Importing AGOA Folklore Products into the United States


1
Importing AGOA Folklore Products into the United
States
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
2
  • U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic
    Cooperation Forum
  • December 8, 2003
  • Washington, DC
  • Brian F. Fennessy
  • U.S. Customs Border Protection

3
Goals
  • Customs Border Protection
  • AGOA Visa Arrangement
  • Import Requirements
  • U.S. Government Resources

4
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • On March 1, 2003, the U.S. Customs Service became
    part of the Bureau of Customs and Border
    Protection (CBP).
  • CBP has many roles, the priority mission is to
    protect our borders.
  • Implement and Enforce the AGOA
  • Train African Customs Officials
  • Textile Production Verification Team
  • Over 300 Ports of Entry

5
AGOA Visa Arrangement
  • Grouping 9 Handloomed fabric, handmade articles
    made of handloomed fabric and folklore articles.

VISA
Visa No 9GH123456 Grouping 9
Quantity 100 Dozen ____________________ A
uthorized Government Official 09 December
2003
Philip Mensah
6
Detailed Description
  • The United States requires a detailed description
    of folklore articles.
  • Keep in mind the U.S. has over 300 ports of
    entry!
  • Kikoi Kanzu Dress

7
AGOA Benefits
  • Most sub-Saharan African products qualify for
    duty-free entry into the United States.
  • Apparel and Textile Folklore Products
  • Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)

8
CBP Publication on AGOA
  • Customs Border Protection publication
  • What Every Member of the Trade Community Should
    Know About The African Growth and Opportunity
    Act
  • Revised August 2003

www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/toolbox/publications
9
CBP Publication on Importing
  • Customs Border Protection publication
  • Importing into the United States
  • Designed for the Novice Importer
  • Classification and Valuation
  • Invoice Requirements
  • Marking Requirements
  • Customs Brokers

www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/toolbox/publications
10
U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule
  • The Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) shows the
    duty rate (tax) applicable for the imported
    article.
  • It also shows if the item qualifies under the
    AGOA.

11
Harmonized Tariff Schedule
Special Rate A GSP D AGOA
www.usitc.gov
12
Country of Origin Marking
  • Almost all imported products are required to be
    marked in English with their country of origin in
    a permanent manner, and in a conspicuous place.

Product of Ghana
13
Binding Ruling Program
  • Interested Parties may request a (FREE) Binding
    Ruling from CBP!
  • Classification under the HTS
  • AGOA Eligibility
  • Send letter, sample and/or detailed description
    to the Director of the
  • National Commodity Specialist Division
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Attn CIE / Ruling Request
  • One Penn Plaza, 10th Floor
  • New York, NY 10119

14
Binding Ruling Program
  • Did I mention the Binding Ruling Program is a
  • FREE
  • service of U.S. Customs and Border Protection?

15
Who Can Make Customs Entry?
  • Customs entry can be made by the importer or a
    licensed Customs Broker.
  • Brokers are licensed by Customs and Border
    Protection.
  • Get to know your local CBP Import
    Specialist

16
Requirements of Federal Agencies
  • Customs and Border Protection enforces many laws
    and regulations for other U.S. Federal Agencies,
    including
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Federal Communications Commission

17
U.S. Government Resources
  • U.S. Government Resources on the Internet
  • Customs Border Protection

  • www.cbp.gov
  • Dept. of Commerce www.doc.gov
  • AGOA (Africa Office) www.agoa.gov
  • OTEXA (Textile Office) otexa.ita.doc.gov
  • International Trade Commission
    www.usitc.gov
  • U.S. Trade Rep. www.ustr.gov

18
CBP Priority Mission
  • The priority mission of CBP is to prevent
    terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering
    the United States.
  • CBP also is responsible for many other areas
    including regulating and facilitating
    international trade, collecting import duties,
    and enforcing U.S. trade laws.

19
Conclusion
  • Were here from the Government and were here to
    help you!
  • If you pay taxes, federal employees work for you.
    Contact your local CBP port.
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