TCO: Different HS Codes for Different Industries or Uses

Question: Can a product have multiple HS codes (classification codes) for different industries or applications?

Answer: No. At import, one HS code must be applied to each commercial good imported. During the process of applying the General Rules of Interpretation (GRIs) to establish the correct HS code, some different options may seem equally applicable. However, there are often legal notes to guide the workflow in the correct direction. If any ambiguity is not clarified by existing guidelines or customs rulings on classification, there are processes in place for companies to request classification assessment (classification advance rulings) from customs authorities.

This article is current as of 2020-07-08.

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