One of FDRA’s top services to its members is customs guidance. As companies continue to innovate, they face an archaic customs structure in the U.S. that requires expertise. FDRA also provides information on tariff structures around the world to those expanding their business. Below is FDRA’s comprehensive customs program. Please contact us if you need our services and want to join FDRA.
It is hard to keep up with every customs document needed to ensure full compliance with import laws. To assist, FDRA has developed this new site for members that allows them to house their own customs library, request sample classifications, use a digital IFI for their shoe imports, as well as find key resources from a footwear glossary to forms, docs, training and information on customs rulings and Chapter 64. Visit FootwearCustoms.com to learn more.
Customs Classification Expertise
FDRA’s classification team has decades of experience. They provide FDRA members classification clarity on their footwear samples, and provide suggestions on how to better navigate the customs process. FDRA members can submit requests through FootwearCustoms.com.
FDRA’s Monthly Customs Report
Each month FDRA distributes a special newsletter on footwear customs issues. The newsletter includes new Customs and Border Protection (CBP) classification decisions, regulatory updates and alerts on issues like Note 5, labeling, and First Sale rules. View an example.
FDRA’s Customs Working Group
FDRA has a customs working group that includes customs professionals from over 50 FDRA members companies. FDRA hosts a number of conference calls and webinars each year where their customs team provides updates and in-depth information on important customs issues to this working group. This group provides advice to FDRA on how to respond to U.S. Customs proposed changes to customs regulations and procedures on behalf of the industry. This working group helps the industry have a platform to share best practices and address issues as a whole to help the entire industry. Any member can join this group.
Customs Document Archive
FDRA has built the largest archive for footwear customs documents, analysis, memos, and letters in the U.S. It houses these documents in its online Intel Center where its Members are able to access them. The documents, some dating back to the 1990s, help its members better understand customs issues and past rulings as they move forward on the development of new footwear.
FDRA also holds a major conference each year, the Footwear Trade Distribution and Customs Conference (FTDC), to help educate footwear customs professionals on the tariff code, including updates and trends. This is the largest footwear conference of its kind in the U.S., and draws over 100 footwear customs professionals to hear from industry experts, as well as CBP officials over footwear classifications.