I am working with a client on a few HTS (Harmonized Tariff Schedule) classifications and they were surprised that I could not just “look them up”. In fact I may have been able to pick out plausible codes for their commodities, but that would be malpractice on my part . Compliance adds value through attention to detail, established protocols, oversight, and documentation. HTS classification is the first step in both export and import compliance.
Proper classification includes HTS lookup, GRI (General Rules of Interpretation) review, checking both chapter and additional notes, as well as CROSS (Customs Rulings Online Search System). For some commodities it may be necessary to consult with a subject matter expert in engineering, purchasing, or manufacturing for details about the item.
This is the procedural aspect of classification but there is more. Most listings require interpretation of the tariff language based on experience. Finally, the process needs to be documented for future reference and parts lists updated.
Here is an example of an easy classification with no research or interpretation needed:
Here is one which is more challenging and time consuming:
8532.10.0000 Fixed capacitors designed for use in 50/60 Hz circuits and having a reactive power handling capacity of not less than 0.5 kvar (power capacitors).
For accurate classification help contact firstname.lastname@example.org.