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In instances where there is a question as to the classification or jurisdiction following the exporter’s self-classification, it is recommended that a State Department Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) and/or a Commerce Department Classification Request (CCATS) be obtained for the items to be exported. Both classification submissions will allow for the confirmation of jurisdiction/classification, and thus allow for the proper licensing authority to be obtained prior to export. Both submissions should include enough support documentation (i.e. technical drawings, blueprints, etc.) to allow the State or Commerce analysts to make their determinations. If there is a question regarding the jurisdiction (State versus Commerce), a CJ should be obtained first. The rulings do not expire, although exporters should keep up on changing regulations that might affect the jurisdiction/classification for their items thereby making prior CJs/CCATS no longer relevant.

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