What are HS Codes? Easily Explained

The Harmonized Tariff Schedule is a classification system for determining customs duties on imports used in the United States. The HTS code is a 10-digit code (the first six digits are the same as the HS code for the goods). Imports and exports are subject to standardized shipping codes, which provide data on international trade.

What are HTS Codes? 

In the Harmonized System (HS), products are classified according to their characteristics by the World Customs Organization (WCO). Customs agents and governments worldwide use it to identify commodities crossing international borders. Through this standardized classification method, global trade processes remain consistent and streamlined. Commodities are classified according to their six-digit HS codes, which range from paper and plastic to fresh produce and hazardous materials. There are also additional classification codes called Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes that can be implemented by individual countries for further specifications.

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