Metals & Machinery Branch Chief National Commodity Specialist Division (NCSD)- New York. Thomas J. Russo. 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)
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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 (R&R) located in Washington D.C.
R&R is under the new Office of International Trade (OT)NATIONAL COMMODITY SPECIALIST DIVISION (NCSD)
Information/Advice to Field Offices
Risk Assessment/Database Maintenance
Advice to the PublicNational Commodity Specialist Division (NCSD)Major Functions to Achieve National Uniformity and Informed Compliance
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 breakoutsTechnical advice to Headquarters and other government offices/agencies
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 inquiriesInformation/Advice to Field Offices
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 admissibilityAdvice to the Public
eRulings Template created in December 2005
Found on CBP.gov
Fill in the blanks
Attach Pictures, Illustrations, Manuals
Electronic Ruling Program eliminates mailing on both ends to reduce overall processing time and expedite receipt of decisions.
EXCEPTION - No samples permittedeRulings program
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.BY THE NUMBERS
What are Rulings
eRulings Requirements http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/toolbox/legal/Rulings/eRulingRequirements.xml
Customs Rulings Online Search Systems - CROSS
http://rulings.cbp.dhs.gov/KEY BINDING RULING CBP WEBSITES