How Do You Search for Harmonized Tariff Schedule Codes?


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Search for domestic Harmonized Tariff Schedule codes and rates at HTC.USITC.gov or at FindHTS.com by entering key words related to the product in the search box on the main page. Look up codes and rates for 141 countries at DutyCalculator.com by entering key words in the search box at the top right of the main page and providing the information requested about the product and country on the following page.

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The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, often called the Harmonized System, is an internationally standardized nomenclature used to classify products in international trade. The World Customs Organization developed the system in 1988 and continues to maintain it; as of 2015, over 200 member nations use the system. Under the convention, members are obligated to use the HS nomenclature, although they issue their own rates of duty. The United States International Trade Commission issues duties in the United States, providing the service at HTC.USITC.gov.

The HS system classifies product according to its General Rules of Interpretation. Products for which there is no classification typically fall under the "Other" classification. At times, certain products may fall under more than one classification with different codes or rates, posing special challenges to international traders.

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