Monday, February 27, 2006

My New Best Friend is in Africa

I have a limited ability to see who is visiting this site thanks to the good people at So, I know a couple things in addition to the overall number of visitors. For example, I know that mentioning Saab cars generated far more traffic than mentioning Angelina Jolie. I also know that certain of my professional colleagues--a euphemism for competitors--visit regularly. I am gratified by the number of visitors I get from the U.S. government and in particular Customs, the DOJ and the courts. This site has been visited by folks on every continent but Antarctica. Thanks for all of that.

Another thing I can see is the search used to bring visitors here. Often these are general searches such as "customs laws." Other times, the searches are very specific such as "festive articles customs," or, as was recently the case, "Kris Kristoferson Salvador."

But, without a doubt, the best search ever recently brought a visitor from South Africa. Clearly, this person is an educator or trainer of the highest order. This person was in Cape Town and used Yahoo to search "'tariff classification' AND examples AND interesting." Interesting examples of tariff classification! Really? Based on his or her underlying assumption that there is such a thing as an interesting example of tariff classification, this visitor deserves our collective support and assistance.

To that end, I offer the following: NYRL J82174 (Mar. 31, 2003). The ruling shows how it is possible to have a number of essentially identical products classified in different headings and in only the exception does the eo nomine provision apply. Read it over and discuss among yourselves.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, that is a fantastic ruling. ALmost a law school exam.