TCO: Determining the Harmonized System Code

Question: How can I determine the correct Harmonized System (HS) classification code for a product if I don't have access to a trade compliance representative or customs broker?

Answer: Product code determination is a multi-step decision process that requires a thorough understanding of the product's attributes and intended use. The General Rules of Interpretation of the Harmonized System (GRIs) establish the internationally accepted method for classifying up to the six-digit subheading level. Additional rules establish the statistical suffix for each country or customs area. Many customs authorities also issue customs rulings, establishing legal precedent for classifying particular goods in specific ways.

You can view another reference source for the GRIs (the World Customs Organization) here.

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

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