A new customs resource centre aims to help US footwear companies to make sense of often complex customs classifications.

The centre, launched by trade body the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA), covers recent footwear classification rulings by Customs Border and Protection (CBP), footwear classification forms and codes by country, key classification definitions, labelling and markings information, as well as information on issues such as foxing.

“As the footwear industry continues to innovate, footwear classification is becoming more and more complex,” said FDRA president Matt Priest.

“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.” 

“Understanding footwear customs issues are vital to every company’s bottom line,” added Quinn O’Rourke, director of compliance and logistics at LaCrosse Footwear. “An incorrect classification could cost you thousands to even millions of dollars.”