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Subject: Re: [ubl-comment] Schema for customs treatment data?

You are correct in assuming your question is premature (to this forum).

The UBL Library Content subcommittee is developing a core library of XML 
components and documents.  The intention is that this UBL core, its 
naming and design rules and the process by which it was developed will 
be picked up by domain expert groups (such as customs/trade and 
transport) who will extend UBL with their domain components.  What you 
speak of is here are such potential domain components.  

Another area i would see UBL being immediately beneficial is that we are 
developing rules for the handling of code sets, which would be relevant 
to your question about 'finding' an XML schema.  I suggest you keep an 
eye on the UBL Naming and Design rules archive 
(http://oasis-open.org/committees/ubl/ndrsc/) for progress on this.

Finally, as it happens this domain is an area that i was involved in 
during a past life experience and can tell you that the EDI world has 
been covering this ground for more than 20 years.  With respect to 
recent developments, i will copy this email to two persons who may be 
able to assist you further, Garry Grant from Australian Customs and 
Francois Vuilleumier, the chair of ISO TC 154 who are both following the 
work of UBL and ebXML in general.

Martin Smith wrote:

>I gather from the recent postings to this list that this question  is 
>premature, but here goes: Is there extant or in progress an XML schema for 
>describing customs treatment info (HTS classifications, duty rates, etc) ?
>Alternatively, is there something in the EDI world that covers this 
>territory, and where can I find info about it?
>My goal is to develop a Web service (SOAP, etc) that serves these data in 
>response to a provided HTS classification number, or an HTS number plus a 
>country of origin. To do this, I need to find or invent an XML schema to 
>describe the data. 
>This info seems quite popular when presented via a Web 
>page (human interface, see below); I'm thinking it might be popular if 
>presented as a remote procedure call.
>To illustrate the kinds of info I'm talking about, visit:
>Put in your favorite commodity (mine is "okra"), select from the list of 
>items shown and then press "Detail".  I'd like to find a standard for 
>representing the type of info in this page of US import duty (and related) 
>If this is not an appropriate goal, or this is not the right place to ask, 
>someone please let me know that, too.
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tim mcgrath
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