Tariff Classification

What you need to know

  • Tariff classification is the key to establishing the rate of customs duty applicable to an imported good and in determining its eligibility under a preferential trade agreement and identifying other government department (OGD) requirements.
  • Since May 1st 2000, mandatory ten-digit classification has been required at time of Customs release of your imported goods.
  • Erroneous classification will result in penalties.

Expertise you can trust

The tariff classification of good is determined in accordance with the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, better known as the “Harmonized System”. This system was developed by the Customs Cooperation Council (today, the World Customs Organization) in order to obtain harmonization and uniformity in the classification of goods worldwide. It has been adopted by most countries and forms the basis for all Customs Tariffs.

Many factors must be taken into consideration when determining the correct tariff classification of an imported good: product composition, degree of manufacture, end use, etc. It goes without saying that the tariff classification of imported goods should only be undertaken by someone possessing an in-depth knowledge of the Customs Tariff, it’s legal and interpretative rules.

ACTS experts are at your service to:

  • Determine the tariff classification of your imported goods
  • Create and manage a compliant classification data base
  • Obtain conformation of your the classification of your imported goods from both Canadian (National Customs Ruling) and American Customs authorities (U.S. Binding Ruling)

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