The Harmonized Tariff Schedule: An essential resource for exporters

July 22, 2022

Tariffs are critical components of trade, particularly international trade. As described on the United States International Trade Commission website, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) comprises a hierarchical structure describing all goods in trade for duty, quota, and statistical purposes.

The HTSUS structure is based upon the international Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS), administered by the World Customs Organization (WCO) in Brussels. The 4- and 6-digit HS product categories are subdivided into 8-digit unique U.S. rate lines and 10-digit non-legal statistical reporting categories. This system’s classification of goods must be done per the General and Additional U.S. Rules of Interpretation, starting at the 4-digit heading level to find the most specific provision and then moving to the subordinate categories.

The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, Annotated for Statistical Reporting Purposes 34th Edition 2022, currently available from the U.S. Government Bookstore, is the primary source for determining applicable tariff rates and statistical categories for all merchandise imported into the United States. It can also be used in place of Schedule B for classifying goods exported from the United States to foreign countries.

Regardless of what product you produce or manufacture, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States proves to be an incredibly comprehensive resource for exporters.

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