Apparel Classification Workshop: Meet the National Import Specialists

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Hosted by the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) and U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP)

USFIA invites you to participate in a meeting with key National Import Specialists and gain a better understanding of the U.S. Customs & Border Protection classification process.

After a brief introduction and overview of the classification process by Deborah Marinucci, Branch Chief of the National Commodity Specialist Division, you will have the opportunity to talk informally with each National Import Specialist in a trade fair-style environment. The following NIS will be attending:

Laurel Duvall (v) & Charlene Miller (v) - plaiting
Rosemarie Hayward - Sleepwear / Bathrobes / Coverups / Textiles Accessories / Coated, Rubber, Plastic, Fur and Leather Apparel and Accessories 
Renee Orsat & Antoinette Peek-Williams - Ladies Knit Upper Body Garments
Maryalice Nowak - Men’s Knit and Non-Knit Upper and Lower Body Garments
Kim Rackett (v) - Women's Not Knitted or Crocheted Upper Body Garments
Deanna Boldt (v) - Outerwear 2T to Adult / Coated Apparel Not Completely Obscured / Water Resistant / Recreational Performance Outerwear
Stacey Kalkines - Footwear
Kristopher Burton (v) - Hair Accessories
Sandy Carlson - Costumes
Mike Capanna - Coated Fabrics
Nicole Rosso - Uncoated Fabrics
Kim Wachtel (v) - Bed Linens / Articles of Bedding of Chapter 94
Katherine Souffront - Baby and Children's Apparel
Kristine Dodge - Miscellaneous Textile Articles
Karen Sikorski (v) - Gloves, Undergarments, Body Supporting, Hosiery

**A (v) next to the name denotes that the NIS will be attending virtually and there will be an NISA at the table to help with the virtual meeting.**

You are encouraged to come prepared with specific questions about classification for the one-on-one discussions—and bring samples, too!

NEW THIS YEAR: Submit a Binding Ruling request on site. There will be a room set aside for submitting Binding Ruling requests. You will be required to bring the ruling application paperwork with you and samples are encouraged, but optional.


The deadline to register is 5pm on Tuesday, November 8. 

This event is free for Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference attendees on November 10th. To register for free, please enter the discount code sent via email to all conference attendees or contact USFIA at Please note that we cannot process refunds for this event, so you must enter the code when you register.

November 9th, 2022 from 10:00 AM to  2:00 PM
U.S. Customs & Border Protection
One World Trade Center
50th Floor - Ceremonial Room
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 202-419-0444
Event Fee(s)
Registration Fee - use discount code from email to receive Conference discount $95.00
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