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What are HS codes or Tariff Line Items and where can I find them?

HS stands for “Harmonised System” and it is the international standardised system of names and numbers used to classify different freights. HS or “Harmonised System” is used by customs authorities in all countries and is needed for customs clearance of your shipment. Each individual product has an HS code with which it can be identified globally.

Customs authorities uses these HS codes or “Harmonized System” to calculate the many import duties and charges for the import and exports of your cargo as each HS code has its specific implicit import duties.

HS codes usually have eight digits containing letters and numbers and your cargo needs to have the corresponding HS codes for each item in your shipment. Our experts can help you with this and their expertise lies on knowing what corresponding HS code to use for different items.

Tariff Line Items are the product codes, beyond the digits of the harmonised system, which are used at a national level. These are different from country to country.

Note: The importance of using the correct HS code will help you ensure a swift customs clearance and save you unnecessary costs. If your cargo needs special permissions or certificates our customs experts will guide you with this.

An example: In some countries, due to regulations, some products will not be allowed to import or export. Our experts can help you with guidance and letting you know what type of documentation you need for different countries. For example: sanitary checks, special permissions amongst others. 

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