FAQ: Classifying your goods

 

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If I am costing my goods what duty rate is applicable?

Can you provide me with the commodity code for my goods?

Will I be required to send a sample(s) of the goods?

Can I have the sample(s) returned to me?

Where can I obtain a BTI application form?

How long does it take for the Tariff Classification Service to reach a decision?

Where can I see a copy of the Customs Tariff?

Is there a list of the commodity codes for the most popular products?

How can I obtain further information on exporting my goods?

Can I apply electronically for a BTI?

Are there any guides available to help with classifying?

 

If I am costing my goods what duty rate is applicable?

The rate of Import Duty is provided by the Excise and Customs Helpline on Tel 0300 200 3700 and providing them with the commodity code for the product.

Can you provide me with the commodity code for my goods?

We can provide verbal advice as to the commodity code for the product. To do this we need to know exactly what the goods are in order to give help you identify the relevant commodity code. We must point out that this is only verbal advice, if you require a written ruling then you will need to apply for Binding Tariff Information (BTI).

Will I be required to send a sample(s) of the goods?

Yes, generally if you are able to send a representative sample(s) of the goods, this will assist the tariff classification officers in making their decision. For some goods, such as textiles, shoes and ceramics samples are usually required.

Can I have the sample(s) returned to me?

Yes, postage stamps (only) may be enclosed with the sample or you may make arrangements for collection (eg by courier).

Where can I obtain a BTI application form?

To obtain a BTI application form call the Tariff Classification Service on Tel 01702 366077 selecting option 0.

How long does it take for the Tariff Classification Service to reach a decision?

Provided that you have given us all the information regarding the goods we aim to issue with a BTI decision within 40 working days, from the time of acceptance of the application.

Where can I see a copy of the Customs Tariff?

The integrated Tariff of the United Kingdom, (Tariff for short), can be seen at most main reference libraries, or you can purchase the 3 volume set from TSO Limited Publications Centre. For general advice and information ring our Excise and Customs Helpline on Tel 0300 200 3700.

Is there a list of the commodity codes for the most popular products?

Yes, the Tariff Classification Service have compiled a list of these products.

How can I obtain further information on exporting my goods?

From British Trade International, a joint DTI and Foreign Office organisation (which has replaced the DTI overseas trade services, British overseas trade board and the Joint promotion directorate). It has lead responsibility within government for all trade promotion and development activities of the two departments on behalf of British businesses. This involves the production of guidance, advice and materials matters.

Can I apply electronically for a BTI?

Yes, you can apply electronically, for more information on how to do this please access our e-BTI information page.

Are there any guides available to help with classifying?

Yes, a number of tariff classification guides on specific goods are available free of charge from the Tariff Classification Service. These guides have been prepared to assist importers, exporters and their agents in the classification of certain products. Please access our Tariff Classification Guides information page for further information or these guides are available online via the UK Trade Info website.

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