Course Summary
Credit Type:
ACE Course Number:
Organization Course Number:
7 weeks (264 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 accounting
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 3 international supply chain management
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 3 international logistics management
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 3 homeland security


The course objective is to provide new Import Specialists with the training and skills needed to successfully fulfill the duties associated with their position.

Learning Outcomes:

  • classify, appraise, and liquidate commercial imported merchandise in accordance with 19 USC 1500
  • enforce trade and tariff laws with regard to priority trade issues
  • enforce laws protecting the public's health and safety, intellectual property rights and fair trade practices, while deterring terrorism and facilitating the flow of legitimate trade.

General Course Topics:

  • Introduction to CBP law
  • Cargo targeting
  • Fundamentals of agriculture
  • Marking
  • Examining merchandise
  • Introduction to classification
  • Harmonized tariff schedule
  • Introduction to value and sale for export
  • Trade process overview
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Statements of appraisement
  • TECS and Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) computer classes
  • Money laundering
  • Identifying high risk importers
  • General rules of interpretation
  • Price actually paid or payable
  • Transaction value related parties
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Trade programs
  • Transaction value related parties
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Laboratory
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Examinations
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials