Harmonized Tariff Schedule
Updated semi-annually, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. is based on the international Harmonized Commodity Coding and Classification System. The U.S. International Trade Commission publishes the HTSUS. Nearly all international countries base their tariffs on this commodity coding system for global trade in goods.
What is a harmonized system?
The World Customs Organization (WCO) administers the Harmonized Commodity Coding and Classification System, which is updated every five years.
Who uses the harmonized tariff schedule?
U.S. Customs and Border Protection uses the harmonized system to classify imported goods. Each good is organized by a Harmonized Tariff Schedule Code, which determines the duty rates applied to imported goods at the U.S. port of entry.
What is HTS Code?
How do I find the HTS Code?
Access a chapter-by-chapter listing of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule and general notes provided by the U.S. International Trade Commission and updated in 2022.
What Happens if you use the wrong HTS Code?
Import duties imports are determined by the HTSUS and each HTS Code. Importers using the wrong HTS code on their product may overpay or underpay duties. Product with the incorrect classification may be penalized for wrongful usage of free trade agreements or other trade violations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection initiates audit referrals for products imported with incorrect HTS codes, and steep penalties may result.
How MercuryGate TMS Supports Shippers Using the Harmonized Tariff Schedule
As a cloud-based solution, MercuryGate TMS integrates transportation data to provide real-time visibility to shipment details and access to electronic HTS documentation required in trade.
- Directly file Electronic Export Information (EEI) via the Automated Export System (AES) and submit Importer Security Filings (ISF) to comply with 10+2 regulations.
- Generate all necessary import and export paperwork with MercuryGate’s template management tool.
MercuryGate’s global TMS solution resolves other common global logistics challenges by using localized terms, languages, currencies, and units of measure according to geography and requirements.