An industry leader in car safety technology was paying duty on seat belt webbing moving between Mexico and Brazil. It wanted to take advantage of a Mexico-Brazil free trade opportunity but needed help convincing the authorities that their seatbelt products are properly classified in a tariff provision eligible for duty-free treatment.
What we did
We orchestrated a targeted advocacy program with both the Mexican and Brazilian customs authorities on the proper classification of cut seat belt webbing. From our work, both countries ruled that the applicable tariff code fell under the trade agreement.
Duty on the seat belt product dropped to 0%, and with the rulings in place, the product will remain duty-free under the designated tariff code.
How can STTAS help you
Do you import a product that could be part of a free trade agreement, but isn’t? We can work with the authorities on both sides of the transaction to try to obtain preferential treatment. In addition, it can help reduce delays in clearance because Customs knows and has approved your duty treatment classifications