Harmonized tariff classifications enable governments to collect statistics on international trade in an objective way. The classification code determines the rate of duty and whether the goods are subject to quotas, restraints, embargoes or other restrictions.
The global Harmonized System requires that all participating countries accept the same 6-digit classification codes. Individual countries define merchandise at a more specific level. The U.S. uses an additional 4 digits.
All goods entering the territory of the United States must be assigned a 10-digit HTS classification code according to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) of the United States, administered by the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Goods exporting the U.S. are assigned a 10-digit Schedule B code, which is administered by the U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division.
The HTS and Schedule B codes are the same for the first 6 digits, but may vary at 8 or 10 digits. There are more HTS classifications than Schedule B.
M-PACT Solutions is available to assist you to determine the correct import and export classifications for the United States and for select countries around the world.