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Logistics 101: Tariff classification

The layman's guide to Tariff classification - Infographic

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.

Learn more about the WCO and the HS system here.

Helpfulltips_124075886_sWhy 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.

Check out our tariff classification basics article to learn:

  1. How HS codes are assigned, and 
  2. Why tariff classification is so important

Classifying your goods

Further learning on tariff classification

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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More of our 101 series: 

Logistics 101: Brokerage Basics

Logistics 101: Customs Basics

Logistics 101: Freight

Canada Customs 101: The CBSA basics 

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