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CustomsTrade Partnership Against Terrorism - a voluntary supply chain security partnership established by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in November 2001. Meeting the CTPAT standards allows cargo owners faster processing through customs formalities and inspections.



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CUSTOMSTRADE PARTNERSHIP AGAINST TERRORISM

A voluntary supply chain security partnership established by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in November 2001. Meeting the CTPAT standards allows cargo owners faster processing through customs formalities and inspections.

HARMONIZED SYSTEM OF CODES (HS)

An international goods classification system for describing cargo in international trade under a single commoditycoding scheme. Developed under the auspices of the Customs Cooperations Council (CCC), an international Customs organization in Brussels, this code is a hierarchically structured product nomenclature containing approximately 5,000 headings and subheadings. It is organized into 99 chapters arranged in 22 sections. Sections encompass an industry (e.g., Section XI, Textiles and Textile Articles); chapters encompass the various materials and products of the industry (e.g., Chapter 50, Silk; Chapter 55, Manmade Staple Fibers; Chapter 57, Carpets). The basic code contains fourdigit headings and sixdigit subheadings. Many countries add digits for Customs tariff and statistical purposes. In the United States, duty rates will be the eightdigit level; statistical suf xes will be at the tendigit level. The Harmonized System (HS) is the current U.S. tariff schedule (TSUSA) for imports and is the basis for the tendigit Schedule B export code.

T.&E.

Abbreviation for 'Transportation and Exportation.' Customs form used to control cargo movement from port of entry to port of exit, meaning that the cargo is moving from one country, through the United States, to another country.

CARTMENT

Customs form permitting inbond cargo to be moved from one location to another under Customs control, within the same Customs district. Usually in motor carrier's possession while draying cargo.

DUTY FREE ZONE

An area where goods or cargo can be stored without paying import customs duties awaiting further transport or manufacturing.

HS

Harmonized System of Codes - an international goods classification system for describing cargo in international trade under a single commoditycoding scheme. Developed under the auspices of the Customs Cooperations Council (CCC), an international Customs organization in Brussels, this code is a hierarchically structured product nomenclature containing approximately 5,000 headings and subheadings. It is organized into 99 chapters arranged in 22 sections. Sections encompass an industry (e.g., Section XI, Textiles and Textile Articles); chapters encompass the various materials and products of the industry (e.g., Chapter 50, Silk; Chapter 55, Manmade Staple Fibers; Chapter 57, Carpets). The basic code contains fourdigit headings and sixdigit subheadings. Many countries add digits for Customs tariff and statistical purposes. In the United States, duty rates will be the eightdigit level; statistical suf xes will be at the tendigit level. The Harmonized System (HS) is the current U.S. tariff schedule (TSUSA) for imports and is the basis for the tendigit Schedule B export code.

PORT SECURITY

The defense, law and treaty enforcement, and counterterrorism activities that fall within the port and maritime domain. It includes the protection of the seaports themselves, the protection and inspection of the cargo moving through the ports, and maritime security.

CARRIER'S CERTIFICATE

A Certificate required by U.S. Customs to release cargo properly to the correct party.

PAIRED PORTS

A U.S. Customs program wherein at least two designated Customs ports will enter cargo that arrives at either port without the necessity of an inbound document.

TRANSIT CARGO

Cargo between outwards customs clearance and inwards customs clearance. Cargo arriving at a port and departing there-from by the same vessel.

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