How to Use Tariff Numbers and Harmonized Codes in Shippo

The tariff number of an item, also known as the "harmonized code" or "HS code," is a standardized number given to a particular product or type of product for easier identification during customs processing and better standardization of international shipping.

These product-specific codes are documented in the Harmonized System (HS) maintained by the World Customs Organization (WCO).

 

Are tariff numbers required?

Tariff numbers are not required for international shipping. Not including a tariff number should not negatively impact your package's shipping progress.

 

Why should I consider using a tariff number?

Tariff numbers exist for almost every product involved in global commerce and ensure uniformity of product classifications worldwide. In some cases, using a tariff number or harmonized code can help smooth the customs process and avoid misclassification of items and applicable fees. 

 

What does a tariff number look like? 

A complete tariff code is no less than six digits and can be up to ten. The more digits in a tariff code string, the more specific the product it identifies. A string of fewer than six digits is considered a partial tariff number and represents a broad product category or chapter of products in the HS rather than a single item.

 

Where can I find a list of tariff numbers?

You can find more details and the full list of tariff numbers/harmonized codes here: https://www.usitc.gov/tata/hts/index.htm 

You can also search the full World Customs Organization HS code database here, but this does require a paid subscription: http://www.wcoomd.org/en/topics/nomenclature/instrument-and-tools/hs-online.aspx

 

Can I import tariff numbers from my store or set default tariff numbers? 

There is no way to import or add default customs items/tariff numbers in Shippo, so if you do use them, you will have to add them manually during this customs step of the label creation process. 

 

How can I add a tariff number for an item in Shippo?

You can add a tariff number to a customs item when entering your Customs Declaration in Shippo. Either add a new customs item or click Edit next to an existing customs item, to add this information. 

 

 

 

 

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