Footwear tariffs are the largest inhibitor of innovation and profit for the footwear industry. These regressive and prohibitive duties were established in the 1930s and average over 10% compared to just 1.3% for all consumer goods. Footwear tariffs can reach as high as an astonishing 67.5%. The federal tariff code (USHTS) for footwear is more than 150 lines full of technical details – causing the industry to spend time and money on experts to both interpret what footwear falls where within the code, and how they might have to change footwear components to lower their duty costs. Worse, these tariffs protect no domestic manufacturing industry, 99% of all footwear is made overseas.
Due to the technical nature and inherent confusion of footwear customs issues, FDRA works to help both large and small companies have more clarity involving their footwear duty bills. It is also the only association in America fighting to completely eliminate footwear tariffs to help companies and American consumers who are paying higher costs as a result. As confusion continues and new issues have emerged, FDRA has established an innovative customs program focused on helping the industry with their customs challenges.
Details on FDRA’s customs program, as well as resources to help you with your footwear customs needs, can be found below. If you have questions, or are in need of customs support, please contact FDRA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Customs Services and Initiatives for FDRA members:
FDRA offers its members a wide array of services and products to help clarify complex customs issues. Click here to learn more about how FDRA’s customs program can help your company, including:
- Footwear Customs Classification of Your Samples
- FDRA Customs Report Newsletter and Working Group
- Customs Document Archive
- Special Customs Workshop (FTDC)
Important Footwear Customs Issues:
Recent U.S. Customs Footwear Rulings:
* FDRA provides a monthly Customs Report for members detailing all new footwear rulings. A sample of a few recent decisions are below. If you have questions, or are in need of customs support, please contact FDRA at email@example.com
- NY N267141 (July 29, 2016) – covers a chest-high fishing wader deemed to have an upper of textiles
- NY N276507 (July 15, 2016) – deals with a one-piece molded, closed-toe, closed-heel, slip on shoe
- NY N273411 (March 24, 2016)- addresses the classification of an athletic shoe with a R/P outer sole and an upper which is described as being predominately cork
- NY N272940 (March 11, 2016) – the NIS Division addressed classification of a sample shoe
- NY N239002 (March 9, 2013) – foot wrap “set” from Korea.
- NY N272489 (March 2, 2016) – Leather Hiking boot upper with waterproof bootie,” is an over-the-ankle, below-the-knee, “unformed” boot upper which does not have a closed bottom
- NY N271998 (February 11, 2016) – Sporto Rubber Ballet, is a woman’s slip-on, closed toe, closed heel, waterproof, flat shoe that does not cover the ankle
- NY N272439 (February 19, 2016) – Women’s closed toe, open heel, molded clogs
- NY N271990 (February 2, 2016) – Women’s Fuzzy Boot
- NY N271991 (February 5, 2016) – Women’s Knit Moccasin
- HQ H187697 (December 17, 2015) – Closed toe/open-heel clog composed of a unit molded rubber or plastics upper and outer sol
- NY N271457 (December 18, 2015) – Steel toe caps
- NY N270246 (November 20, 2015) – Women’s Beaded Two-Strap Sandal
Footwear Classification App:
For years, FDRA has provided customs classification clarification to assist its members. To enhance and expand its ability to serve the industry, FDRA worked with ecVision®, a leader in supply chain collaboration solutions for retailers and brands, to create ecVision Classify®. Classify is an iOS mobile app, the only of its kind, which allows footwear customs professionals to electronically submit footwear images, and corresponding product attributes, to FDRA for evaluation and a professional opinion about which Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) code the footwear sample would be classified under. Access is available for $48/year for FDRA members and $100/year for non-FDRA members. For information about the mobile app, contact FDRA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources to Assist with Footwear Customs Issues:
- The Footwear Import Resource Center (FDRA members can assess this resource page this in the Intel Center under the Customs Archive header)
- Customs Document Archive (FDRA members can assess footwear customs docs going back to the 1990s in this archive the Intel Center under the Customs Archive header)
- FDRA’s webpage providing federal agency contact information on all things footwear, including customs.
For additional information or tailored labeling consulting services, please contact FDRA directly at email@example.com.