Classification under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule

Importers and exporters often struggle with determining the proper HTS classification for its products. Imported goods must be classified at the time of entry while exported goods must be classified at the time of export.

The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States provides the basis for classification for all imported products.
The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States provides the basis for classification for all imported products. It is published annually by the International Trade Commission and provides duty rates and admissibility information for companies and individuals importing into the U.S.

Exports are classified under the Schedule B which is published by the Bureau of Census. It is very similar to the HTSUS and oftentimes companies can use the HTS provision for both its imports and exports.

How do I Classify my Products?

Navigating one’s way through the HTSUS can be a difficult process for those unfamiliar with the classification process. A Customs attorney such as Paula Connelly can assist companies with the classification of its products and provide guidance in working with the HTSUS.

 

U.S. Customs expects all importers to use reasonable care when classifying its goods at the time of entry. Failure to use reasonable care can result in penalties being assessed against the importer. Thus, seeking the advice of an expert such as a licensed Customs broker, Customs consultant or a Customs law firm such as the Law Offices of Paula M. Connelly is crucial in substantiating to Customs that the company did in fact use reasonable care.

Determining the correct HTS provision prior to importation can provide the importer with certainty on the amount of duty payable and with information on other admissibility issues such as possible quotas and other government agency requirements that may be applicable. Customs expects importers to maintain a classification listing for all of its imported products.

The Law Offices of Paula M. Connelly can work with importers and exporters on establishing a classification listing and ensuring that the classification of its products is correct.

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