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

I have read your e-mail and the reply of Tim McGrath with interest.

I would like to offer a discussion on this outside this UBL server, since I
agree that your question does not seem to fall within the scope of the UBL

The World Customs Organization representing 159 Customs administrations
world wide is in charge of a number of standardization initiatives in the
EDI and e-commerce environment.  Please check our web site under

I will contact you directly to discuss this issue further and explain our
plans in terms of XML or any other future form of communication.


Dietmar Jost
Senior Technical Officer

WCO - World Customs Organization (www.wcoomd.org)
Facilitation Sub-Directorate (E-commerce and Customs IT Affairs)
30, Rue du Marché, 1210 Brussels, Belgium
Tel.: +32 2 209 9355; Fax: +32 2 209 9493; E-mail:

-----Original Message-----
From: msmith@usitc.gov [mailto:msmith@usitc.gov]
Sent: 08 April 2002 23:13
To: ubl-comment@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [ubl-comment] Schema for customs treatment data?

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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