Würth Logistics - Customs Tariff Classification
Customs tariff numbers - determined correctly
Determining the correct customs tariff number for the goods in question plays an important part in cross-border trade. Customs charges, sales tax, and other deductions are all based on this. It is also used as the basis for calculating the preferential origin of the goods, allowing customs concessions to be utilized.
In practice, however, we see that entering and maintaining the data correctly can often be a challenge for many exporters. In many cases, the numbers are simply copied over from previous shipments or sub-suppliers. Yet it is important to note that the World Customs Organization (WCO) revises the customs tariff numbers from time to time.
The first six digits of the customs tariff number are stipulated by the harmonized system of the World Customs Organization (WCO). This system encompasses more than 5,000 numbers and is legally binding. From the seventh digit, the customs authorities define national subcategories for the customs tariff number.
Successful tariffing requires both knowledge and experience of customs tariffs, as well as solid knowledge of goods. Depending on the type of goods, close cooperation with the product experts can be important in order to build a bridge between customs knowledge and products. Using the wrong customs tariff numbers can lead to delays in processing at the border and typically generates additional costs for company.
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