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New customs resource center for the US footwear industry

Dec 11, 2014 United States
New customs resource center for the US footwear industry
The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) announced the launch of a new customs resource center, aimed to help footwear companies and customs professionals with a better understanding of customs classifications

Matt Priest, President of FDRA commented: “As the footwear industry continues to innovate, footwear classification is becoming more and more complex. FDRA is constantly pushing to end duties on footwear, but until that day happens it is focused on helping brands understand and adapt to the current rules.” He added: “That is why this center is such a great help to the industry; rather than having to scour countless resources, professionals can simply go to this site to get what they need—saving companies time and money.”

According to the FDRA, the new center covers the latest classification rulings by Customs Borders and Protection (CBP), footwear classification forms and code by country, key classification definitions, labeling and markings information.

Quinn O’Rourke, Director of compliance and logistics at LaCrosse Footwear, Inc. stated: “Understanding footwear customs issues are vital to every company’s bottom line, an incorrect classification could cost you thousands to even millions of dollars. That’s exactly why we are FDRA members, and why I’m excited about this resource center. Now I can go to one place to get information on my footwear customs questions.”

The  new center is available for the FDRA members at the relevant section within the association's website.

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