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Classification of Products – it is necessary to classify all products to be imported or exported using the Harmonized System (HS) in order to determine any shipping requirements and applicable laws.

 

The Harmonized System (HS) was developed by the World Customs Organization to classify products for customs purpose. The Harmonized Codes (HS Codes) are typically 6-10 digits long. By international agreement, most countries recognize the same first 6 "harmonized" digits. To get a duty rate one needs to have the complete product number used by the importing country.

 

Exporting - Schedule B: When exporting from the U.S. the system of classification is called Schedule B and it’s managed by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Shipper’s Export Declaration has a section called Schedule B Description of Commodities where you type in the description of the product you are exporting. Schedule B Numbers can be found online at: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/schedules/b/

 

Importing - Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS): When importing into the U.S. the system of classification used is called the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS), administered by the Office of Tariff Affairs & Trade Agreements. The system is used to determine duty rates, and track import statistics. HTS can be found at: http://hts.usitc.gov/

 

Additional Product Classification Assistance:

 

The North American Industry Classification System website provides info on the six-digit code used as an industry –wide classification system that replaced the Standard Industrial Classification in 1997.

http://www.naics.com

 

U.S. Census Bureau provides a list of Codes under the North American Industry

Classification System (NAICS).
 www.census.gov/naics

 

Trade Information Center - Tax and Tariff Information
http://export.gov/logistics/eg_main_018142.asp

 

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

http://www.ansi.org

 

Standard Industrial Classification Index lists 4-digit SIC codes
http://www.wave.net/upg/immigration/sic_index.html

 

SICS Search at the U.S. Department of Labor website
www.osha.gov/oshstats/sicser.html

 

UPS Harmonized Codes & Tariff Schedule Search
www.ups.com



International Taxes

Tax and Accounting Sites Directory Online provides links to country-specific tax resources.
http://www.taxsites.com/international.html

European taxation, links and news by the European Union Online
http://europa.eu/index_en.htm

EU Value Added Tax rates, legislation, proposals, refund procedures
http://www.euintheus.org/

 


International Standards


International Organization for Standardization
http://www.iso.org/iso/home.html

Notify U.S. is a free, web-based e-mail registration service that offers U.S. entities (citizens, industries, organizations) an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that can affect their businesses and their access to international markets.
https://tsapps.nist.gov/notifyus/data/index/index.cfm

The Laws & Metric Group provides guidance to packaging and labeling requirements, net content, and use of metric system to U.S. exporters.
http://www.nist.gov/pml/wmd/metric/index.cfm

U.S. government’s CE mark information page: The site outlines products requirements, documentation, how to obtain CE marks and more.
http://www.export.gov/%5C/cemark/index.asp

CE Mark Compliance for Exports to Europe contains information about U.S. exports that need CE and advice how to obtain it.
http://www.ce-mark.com/cedoc.html

Government’s Export Portal Safe Harbor is a voluntary system designed to help companies avoid interruptions in their business dealings with the EU
http://www.export.gov/safeharbor

EU directives and standards and info on EU member states
http://www.newapproach.org/

China Compulsory Certification Mark Compliance for Exports to China with info on the products required to have a CCC and conformity procedures.
http://www.ccc-mark.com/regulations-for-ccc-mark.html

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