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369765: Import Operations and Techniques
MGMT-X 460.913

  • Fall 2019
  • Section 1
  • 4 Credits
  • 09/26/2019 to 12/05/2019
  • Modified 09/24/2019


This course is intended for individuals involved in import operations, including classifiers, import team members, supervisors, and managers; those working in customhouse brokerage and freight forwarding; as well as owners of trading companies. Topics include entry of merchandise; warehousing; foreign trade zones; the liquidation and protest process; appraisement and the customs concept of value; informed compliance; customs account management strategies; intellectual property rights, fines, penalties, and forfeitures; drawback; NAFTA; record keeping; and corporate compliance program management.



  • The aim of this course is to develop your knowledge of import operations, processes and compliance and to position yourself to work for a global trading firm or start and manage our own.


  • One of the ways to develop and sharpen your capacity to learn is for you to be actively involved in class discussions.


  • To plan your study time, it is estimated that you will spend at least seven hours per week for this class; three hours in class, one hour within Canvas and approximately three additional hours doing research on the internet, reading, completing assignments, studying for exams, making calls or visiting companies. Depending on the extent of your academic preparation and recent work-related experience, the amount of study time needed may vary considerably.


  • Interpret import regulations
  • Understand the Customs Entry process
  • Develop the ability to classify products using the Harmonized System
  • Be able to appraise imported merchandise
  • Comprehend the Rules of Origin
  • Understand the roles of customs brokers and service provider


CBP Publication

Importing into the United States - A Guide for Commercial Importers

Free download

Click here to download:

Optional Text 1

Export-Import Theory, Practices, and Procedures, 3rd Edition

Author: Belay Seyoum

Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group

ISBN: 9780415818384

Optional Text 2

IMPORT/EXPORT – How to Take Your Business Across Borders, 4th Edition

Author: Carl A. Nelson

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

ISBN: 9780071482554

Instructor Handouts

Recommended Reading

Reference Materials and web links posted on Canvas


Weekly Modules

Each week's lecture slides, handouts and reading materials shall be posted in Canvas


Approximately six to eight assignments for this course shall be posted online after the first week. Assignments will be due before start of the following week's class and must be posted online into Canvas. Your document should be in MSWord double spaced using Times New Roman 11-point font.  


An individual project assignment due before the end of the course shall be assigned. The project will be a real life scenario based on putting together an import business. You will select one country of importation and be tasked with engaging in the necessary steps to bring imported merchandise into the chosen country.


Course grades will be based on participation and completion of assignments as follows:




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Institutional Policies

Student Conduct

Students are subject to disciplinary action for several types of misconduct or attempted misconduct, including but not limited to dishonesty, such as cheating, multiple submission, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University; or theft or misuse of the intellectual property of others or violation of others' copyrights. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with policy provisions which proscribe these and other forms of misconduct at:

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Your instructor may post the interim grade Incomplete/I if at the end of the class your overall work is of passing quality but a portion could not be submitted for understandable reasons (e.g. illness). It is your responsibility to petition your instructor for permission to submit work late and to provide an explanation, and it is his or her sole decision whether to accept the explanation. If permitted, the Incomplete/I grade will be posted and a time frame defined for you to submit the missing work, ranging from one to twelve weeks. Incomplete/I grades that remain unchanged after twelve weeks will lapse to F, NP or U. Receiving an I grade entitles you to submit only the missing work your instructor has agreed to accept late, and does not allow other work to be retaken or oblige UCLA Extension to provide continuing access to course materials via Canvas. The Incomplete/I grade is not an option for courses that do not bear credit, such as 700, 800, or 900-level courses. For complete information, see:

All Grades are Final

No change of grade may be made by anyone other than the instructor, and then, only to correct clerical errors. No term grade except Incomplete may be revised by re-examination. The correction of a clerical error may be authorized only by the instructor of record communicating directly with personnel of Student and Alumni Services.

Sexual Harassment

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All Extension students and instructors who believe they have been sexually harassed are encouraged to contact the Department of Student and Alumni Services for complaint resolution: UCLA Extension, Suite 113, 10995 Le Conte Ave., Westwood; Voice/TTY: (310) 825-7031. View the University’s full Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence at

Additional Items

Course and Instructor Evaluation

UCLA Extension values your feedback on course and instructor evaluations. We ask all students to take a few minutes to complete an end-of-course evaluation survey. Updates to the course and instruction are influenced by your feedback. Understanding your student experience is essential to ensure continuing excellence in the online classroom and is appreciated by your instructor and the UCLA Extension academic leadership.

Your participation in a survey is voluntary, and your responses are confidential. After instructors submit grades, they will be given an evaluation report, but this report will not contain your name.

About Your Online Course Materials

Please note the following about online course components at UCLA Extension:

  • Students must have basic computer skills, including the use of word processing software, email, and the ability to use internet browsers, such as Safari, Firefox, or Chrome.
  • Students are responsible for meeting the technical requirements of Canvas and familiarizing themselves with the Canvas Learning Management System.
  • Students are responsible for keeping a copy of all assignments and work submitted, and to be aware of all assignments, due dates, and course guidelines.
  • Students are encouraged to keep and/or download a local copy of their assignment files, as access to the online environment of a specific course is limited to 30 days after the final course date, as listed in the course catalog.

    If you need assistance downloading student materials from your course, please contact Canvas Support or the UCLA Extension Learning Support Team.

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Course calendar and related activities
When Lesson Notes
Week 1
Summary of Imports in world trade; Customs Organizations; The World Trade Organization (WTO)

Major trading countries and main import products. World Customs Organization (WCO) structure. The importing cycle and process. Trade statistics. Role of port directors, entry specialists, field inspectors and account manager. Code of Federal Regulations 19CFR and HTS.

Week 2
Setting up an import operation

Importing into the U.S. Customs Bond. Customs Power of Attorney. Importer of Record.

Week 3
Entry Process; Parties and Definitions

Entry documents. Data items in entry documents for customs submission. Importance of commercial invoice, packing list and bill of lading.

Week 4
Product Classification; Duty Rates

Origins of harmonized tariff from WCO. USHTS regulations. General Rules of Interpretation (GRI). Method of classification, material composition, use, function. Sample product classification exercises. Calculating duties due. Customs classification rulings.

Week 5
Appraisement and Valuation

Anti-dumping duty and countervailing duty. Different valuation methods and appraisement hierarchy. Import goods inspection. Terms used in valuation, price paid or payable. Additions such as assists.

Week 6
Rules of Origin

Free Trade Areas (FTA’s). Preferential Agreements. Program eligibility. Sample eligibility scenarios. Documentation requirements. Special rules and de minimus. Certificate of origin.

Week 7
Labeling and Markings

Rules for Marking imported merchandise. The “J-list” of exceptions. Failure to correctly mark country of origin. Ultimate consumer in relation to markings.

Week 8
Customs Brokerage; Freight Forwarding; Marine Insurance; Incoterms

Roles and responsibilities of customs brokers and freight forwarders. Liability and payment of freight.  Marine insurance policies and coverages. Related documentation.

Week 9
Intellectual Property Rights

Patent. Trademark. Trade Secret. Copyright. Enforcement of IPR imports. Pirated and “grey” imports. Approved licenses prior to importation. Import procedures for copyrighted goods.

Week 10
Fines and Penalties; Seizures, Forfeiture; Supply Chain Security

Customs Forms; Request for Information, Notice of Action, Request to Pay. Importer response, appeals and payments. Petitions. Degrees of culpability. Mitigation. Conveyance Security. Procedural Security. Cargo Security.

Week 11
Final Exam

Final Exam and Project Assignment due