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PRODUCT CLASSIFICATION

Master the Codes. Level Up Your Supply Chain.

Your HS codes determine your compliance, your admissibility, and which supply chain advantages you can capture. See how precision classification can protect your finances and unlock greater strategy.

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A Few Digits Can Make a Big Difference

The HTS codes in your Flexport Product Library are used for total transactional consistency. Data is structured to advance trade strategy: With the right eyes on it, your six to ten-digit codes could reveal six-digit or higher financial opportunities.

TARIFF ENGINEERING

Minor Product Changes Major Duty Reductions

Should that pocket move down, that piece of glass curve? Tariff engineering is the genius practice of modifying products to satisfy import classifications at a lower duty rate. Tweak a little, save a lot.

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Can You Engineer Lower Duties? Yes, if You Can Find the Customs Codes

Rules don’t have to be broken to lower or limit duties. Certain circumstances allow for tariff engineering, shaping the design of goods for better duty rates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes are product classification codes that vary between eight and 10 digits. The first six digits are an HS subheading, assigned by the World Customs Organization (WCO) to classify goods for customs purposes.

The countries of import assign the subsequent digits to provide additional classification. US HTS codes are 10 digits and are administered by the US International Trade Commission.

Yes. Flexport recommends experienced customs brokers assist you, because it can get mind-boggling fast. We’ll give it to you straight from the US International Trade Commission:

“Consider the classification of a kitchen paring knife with a ceramic blade. Either a word search or casual browsing through the Tariff Schedule might lead to heading 8211 ("Knives with cutting blades, serrated or not, . . . ."). However, Chapter 82 Note 1 excludes articles with a blade of ceramic from Chapter 82. The proper classification is in Chapter 69 as an article of ceramics . . . Although, in principle, articles can be classified in only one place, classification often requires interpretation and judgment.”

Did you even read that?

Also, government agency penalties for non-compliance can be unpleasant.

Flexport determines product classifications for clients regardless of who ships their freight. Supply chains are complex, but aggregating reliable customs data doesn’t need to be. We simplify the process to stabilize your operations and give you peace of mind, no matter who moves your goods.

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