What is tariff classification?
Watch our short and informative video to get all the background information you need on tariff classification.
Here are the basics:
- Tariff classification is the process of classifying goods so that they are assessed the correct duty when imported.
- Goods are classified with a 10-digit tariff code, or HS (Harmonized System) code.
- The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System was developed and is maintained by the World Customs Organization (WCO), an independent intergovernmental organization with over 179 members. The Harmonized System is the standard coding structure and related product descriptions used in international trade.
Why tariff classification is important
Each good that you import must have the correct 10-digit HS code in order to be properly classified.
Having the correct tariff classification is important for a number of reasons, not the least of which is being charged the correct amount of duty on your imported goods.
- How HS codes are assigned, and
- Why tariff classification is so important
Classifying your goods
- We’ve written a great resource to guide you through getting tariff classification right the first time.
- Take the time to read the Canada Border Services Agency’s notice on the January 1, 2020 Version of the Departmental Consolidation of the Customs Tariff to understand the most recent changes.
- And refer to the most current Customs Tariff Schedule 2020, updated January 1, 2020. The schedule is available in online, PDF, Microsoft Access, and CADEX formats
Further learning on tariff classification
- How (and why) to apply for an Advance or Binding Ruling
- A closer look: end use tariff codes
- Understanding the distinction between tariff and duty
Cole International’s customs brokers have the breadth, knowledge, and experience to assist with all your tariff classification needs.
We can provide:
- an initial assessment for classification,
- help you understand the nuanced difference between similar products,
- request a binding ruling,
- or determine whether your imports qualify for special treatment under a free trade agreement.
Whatever your customs needs, we have you covered.
Information provided by: Trade Consulting Dept. - Cole International
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