In recent months, interest has grown in the work of professionals who spend their days looking for ways to mitigate the negative effects of President Trump’s trade policies – particularly, his predilection for raising tariffs on nearly everything that crosses the U.S. border. U.S. importers can avail themselves of a variety of domestic programs to help reduce or eliminate the new duties.
In the U.S., President Trump was able to proclaim the imposition of punitive duties on imports of certain steel and aluminum products with the stroke of a pen. Implementing and disseminating the President’s proclamation has not been so simple.
I’ve recently been scolded for suggesting that technology might help importers and exporters deal with the complexity of the Harmonized System (HS). My critic, a director of global customs for a multinational corporation, took exception to my call for the World Customs Organization to embrace intelligent software as a way of encouraging wider HS usage and ensuring greater accuracy in HS classification.