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Classification & Qualifications General Schedule Qualification Standards

Import Compliance Series, 1889

Individual Occupational Requirements

General Experience (for GS-5 positions):

Experience that demonstrated the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing; and
  • Deal effectively with others in person-to-person situations.

Specialized Experience for GS-7 Positions:

Experience that demonstrated the ability to explain procedures or requirements to elicit cooperative response, and one of the following:

  • Ability to apply specialized knowledge of laws, regulations, rulings, or instructions pertaining to the importation of merchandise into the United States; or
  • Ability to gather, organize, and evaluate facts and evidence, such as in examining claims or investigating compliance with or violation of laws, rules, or regulations for either a government or non-government organization.

Specialized Experience for Positions above GS-7:

Experience that required:

  • Knowledge of the provisions of laws, regulations, procedures, practices, and documentation related to customs processes for entry and examination of imports;
  • Knowledge of the provisions of Federal laws and regulations on prohibited and restricted items and requirements for admittance into the United States and into commerce; and
  • Knowledge of the Tariff Schedules of the United States, and understanding of the basic principles, factors, and terms used in the determination of tariff classification and value.

Qualifying specialized experience may have been gained in work such as:

  • Tariff classification and appraisement.
  • Merchandise examining, e.g., while employed as a customs inspector.
  • Attorney or paralegal specialist assigned to tariff classification and value cases.
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