Classify your product

When thinking of exporting you need to classify your product. This means you have to define what the product actually is. This is in many ways the starting point if you want to find information about your product.

Why is it important to classify your product?

By correctly classifying your products, you will find:

  • correct customs duty and other taxes and fees that apply to your product
  • technical and other requirements for your product
  • what rules of origin that applies to your product to know if your product benefits from lowered tariffs
  • statistics on products and how much of the products are imported and exported, which helps you to do proper research.

Knowing your product code gives you advantages when exporting – you will be able to find out which tariff the importer needs to pay. You can also see if there is a reduction of tariff due to a free trade agreement, a piece of information you can use when negotiating. You can find out what product specific requirements there are and prepare for export. So, knowing your product code opens up to lots of information.

The international customs code system

All products have a customs code according to an international system, called The Harmonized System (HS). Everything from live animal, food and clothing to cars and cell phones have a code. The Harmonized System is developed by the World Customs Organization and is applied by most countries in the world. It comprises of about 5 000 commodity groups, organised by Sections, Chapters (2 digits), Headings (4 digits) and Sub-headings (6 digits).

The EU customs tariff system

The European Union has specific numbers for all products which is composed of the HS codes and some additional EU subdivisions/digits. In the 10-digit customs tariff system of the European Union, TARIC, the codes reveal information concerning anti-dumping, duty suspension or customs duties applicable in the EU. To know what customs duties your product will have when being imported into the EU, you need to know its TARIC code.

Search for your tariff code and view rates and requirements applicable to your product at the website Access2Markets, a free online tool from the European Commission.


Get further support

Feel free to contact us at Open Trade Gate Sweden. We can assist you with finding your product code. Please include as detailed description as possible of the product that you want help classifying. Also attach pictures if possible.

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