Customs classification - Customs tariff number



The customs tariff number is mandatory for a smooth clearing of goods. Detailed information about what the tariff number exactly is, how it is determined and how Freightfinders can help you with this task, can be found further in the article.


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Identifying a customs tariff number – Creating documents with Freightfinders

To identify the customs tariff number is a task that takes a lot of effort, time and experience, as one has to go through 21 sections, 96 chapters and over 5.000 sub-items. Still, giving goods the right tariff number is compulsory for customs clearance. This is why, we offer you the help of our customs broker to find the right number. Their long-term experience enables them to manage this task quickly and thoroughly and offers you the possibility to concentrate on your business.


What is a customs tariff number?

The customs tariff number is based on the common customs tariff, which is a systematically made commodity index. This index is also called nomenclature. All border-crossing goods have to be integrated into this index and therefore get an appropriate code. Every one of these codes stands for a tariff rate, which is why, this number is necessary for importing goods. The base of this eleven-digit code is the harmonised system (HS), which is being administered by the World Customs Organisation (WCO). The WCO is also stipulating the first six digits, which are exchanged regularly. This HS code is used for the worldwide customs clearance. The HS code can be expanded further. The seventh and eighth digit of the customs tariff code are the combined nomenclature (CN) of the European Union. This total of eight numbers is being used for the export throughout Europe. With this code, for example, tariff rates, prohibitions and restrictions, as well as textile-categories can be correlated. Additionally, these numbers stipulate also the tariff rates of third countries. However, one has to pay attention, as this CN code is being changed every year. The ninth and tenth digit describe measures of the Union, as e.g. antidumping regulations, or tariff quota. Hence, these are also EU harmonised. The last digit of this eleven-digit tariff code is different from country to country and describes e.g. VAT, or national restrictions and prohibitions.


Finding your customs tariff number

The customs tariff code and the consequent charges resp. import- or export requirements can be found online at the TARIC database of the European Union. TARIC (Tarif Intégré des Communautés Européennes) is the common customs tariff of the EU. There, you can enter your customs tariff number to e.g. find out about export restrictions, or the amount of import charges. If you are not producing the goods by yourself, you can ask your supplier about the tariff number. If you are planning on changing the product by using further products, you will need to find a new customs tariff code. Additionally, it is also possible to find a pre-existing customs tariff number at the customs office. For a binding tariff information, you will need to apply for it in written form. However, you can also use the service of creating documents by Freightfinders to get your customs tariff number quickly and easily.