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Intro to US Customs Brokerage: Part 5

CB5u – Intro to US Customs Brokerage Online Training, Part 5: Basic HTSUS Classification


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US Customs Brokerage Part 5 is the fifth in a six-part series of introductory classes for US Customs Brokers, and should be taken after completion of Intro to US Customs Brokerage, Part 4.

Part 5 covers basic tariff structure, why it is important to use the right HTSUS classification, how tariffs are written, and what the rules are for interpretation. We also address the special provisions in Chapters 98 and 99, conditionally free and reduced duties, special treatment, rates of duty and computation of duty.

Once you finish this course, a printable Certificate of Completion will be available for download. The course can be completed in 20 hours or less and earns NCBFAA-registered students 19 CCS continuing education credits.


Important: The actual processing of a customs entry is covered in Part 6 of this introductory course series. If more than a basic understanding of HTSUS classification is needed, or a refresher course is required for importing into the United States, please look over course C6u — US Customs Tariff (HTSUS) Classification Basics. For an even more in-depth course (with several case studies) please see course C5 — Harmonized Tariff Classification.

  • Classification of Goods in the Customs Tariff
  • Notes, Language and Punctuation
  • General Rules of Interpretation – Rule 1-6
  • Additional US Rules of Interpretation 1(a) and (b)
  • Additional US Rules of Interpretation 1(c) and (d)
  • Other Notes Specific to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
  • More US Notes and Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Information
  • Special Harmonized Tariff Provisions in Chapter 98:
    • US Goods Returned
    • US Content
    • Government Contract
    • Temporary Import Bond
  • Special Harmonized Tariff Provisions in Chapter 99
  • Conditionally Free or Reduced Duty Rate Goods
  • Rates of Duty
  • Most Common Trade Agreement – North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Trade Agreements for Africa, Australia and the Pacific Islands
  • Trade Agreements and Special Treatment for Asia
  • Trade Agreements for the Americas Other than NAFTA
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For those who are already a Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) or a Certified Export Specialist (CES) registered with the NCBFAA, provide us with your CCS/CES ID number and you will automatically get continuing education credits upon the successful completion of a qualified course. To get your CE credits, follow these easy steps:


  1. Register for DB Schenker online training (if you haven’t already done so)
  2. Login with your user name and password, and you will be directed to your “My Page” section.
  3. Select “Update user record” on the right, enter your CCS or CES number in the “NCBFAA ID” field, and click Submit Update.

That’s it! Once you’re signed up, we’ll automatically send any CE credits you earn directly to the NCBFAA!

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