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      What is an HTS Code and How Do I Find the HTS Code for my Products?

      I’m planning to import some goods into the US. Can somebody explain the meaning of HTS code? What is it? Thanks!
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      The Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) code is meant to classify goods. It is also known as Schedule B or Harmonized Code Classification Numbers in the US.

      The World Customs Organization introduced HTS code in 1988 to simplify importing and exporting of goods worldwide. There are approximately 17000 HTS codes. Goods are classified based on their raw material, type of construction, and uses. There are 22 sections and 97 chapters in the schedule and each chapter consists of many sections and sub-sections.

      Natural products like livestock and agricultural produce are found at the beginning of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule, while the manufactured and refined goods are found in the last chapters and sections.

      An HTS code is basically used for determining the duties and taxes that would be levied by the government while importing a product.

      An HTS code could be six, eight or 10 character long. The first six characters are standard throughout the world while some countries, like the United States, use additional two or four digit codes for further classification.

      The first two characters of an HTS code signify the name of the chapter, the next two characters signify the section of the chapter, and the next two characters signify the sub-section.

      Let me give you an example, if HTS code of an item is ADB12345, then AD is the chapter name or number, B1 is the section of the chapter AD, 23 is the sub-section of B1 and 45 is the sub-section of 23.

      If you’re importing an item into the US, the Schedule B number should be clearly indicated on the package and Shipper’s Export Declaration. A Schedule B number contains a 6-digit HS number and a 4-digit additional code for further classification of an item.
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      If you know the HTS code of a product, you can check its rate of duty to find the duties you would have to pay on importing that product. For example if the rate of duty of an item is 50 cents/kg, then on importing 10kgs of that product, you’ll have to pay $5. Duty could also be expressed in percentage of the value of a product. So, if the duty for an electronic item is 1.5%, then you will have to pay 1.5% on the cost of the item as duty.

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      How can I find the HTS code of a product?

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      You can find the Schedule B number on Export.gov. You can find the HTS code for your product by entering the relevant keyword in the search bar.

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      If you don’t get the Schedule B number using Schedule B search engine on export.gov, you should try different names, phrases and synonyms for your search. If this doesn’t help, you should contact the U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Division or local export assistance center.

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      If you’re not able to find the HTS code, you should try plurals. For example, if you are looking for the HTS code of a steel knife, you could also try the keyword “knives” or if you want to import a watch, then you could try the keyword “watches”, too.

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      You could try Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States for finding the HTS code.

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      Usually, export companies know about the HTS codes of the products they sell to other countries. So, if you’re importing a product, you should get the HTS code of the product from the seller.

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      You can also use search engines like Google and Yahoo for finding Schedule B numbers.

      I’d like to add one more point here – The rate of duty column has three sub-columns:

      General: This is a typical rate of duty that applies for imports from most of the nations.

      Special: This rate applies to items imported from specific countries.

      Trade restricted countries: This column indicates the rate of duty for items imported from trade-restricted countries like North Korea and Cuba.

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