Tariff engineering, also known as tariff avoidance, is an important tactic that enables apparel importers to legally reduce the duty rate of products. Unlike tariff evasion, which is illegal, tariff engineering is a legal stratagem by which the importer considers the fiber content, materials used, construction, and the principal use of the product before the goods are manufactured. Actual samples of products are discussed. The seminar also discusses the opportunities presented for tariff engineering under free trade agreements.
Presenter: Diane L. Weinberg is a partner in the law firm of Meeks, Sheppard, Leo & Pillsbury, which specializes in customs and international trade law. Ms. Weinberg, a licensed customs broker, has over thirty years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Her practice focuses on tariff classification, valuation, trade preference programs and free trade agreements, country of origin marking and labeling issues, and supply chain security requirements. She began her career as an attorney at the U.S. Customs Service (predecessor agency to U.S. Customs and Border Protection), where she helped draft the rules of origin for textile and apparel products. Ms. Weinberg is a founding member of the New York chapter of Women in International Trade, and acted as General Counsel for that group from 1989 - 1996.