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What is the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS)?

August 19, 2018

What is the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS)?

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The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System of Tariff Nomenclature, or Harmonized Tariff Schedule(HTS), is an internationally standardized system of names and numbers for classifying traded products. The system is developed and maintained by the World Customs Organization. This coding system helps customs officials in any country easily determine what’s being shipped, and what the required duty and taxes for the shipment may be without language barriers.

Many will face customs delays due to missing, incorrect, or incomplete HTS Codes. It’s imperative to provide all 10 digits of the HTS Code on your customs invoice. The final rates of duty often depend on the last four digits.

Special situations such as repair returns should use the appropriate HTS Code such as those in chapter heading 9801.

You can find the complete HTS search system here.

If you need help finding the right code, please contact the International Help Desk.

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