Tariff Classification is the process of assigning an appropriate tariff code to a product for import or export. Tariff codes are used by customs to determine the rate of duty and taxes applied to a particular item. It is important to accurately classify a product as the wrong classification can result in higher duty or taxes than necessary or even a denial of entry.

Learning to classify goods can be a difficult process as it involves understanding the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS), which is an internationally recognized system of names and numbers used to classify traded products. Understanding the HS codes and the related product descriptions is the key to correctly assigning a tariff classification.

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General Rule of Interpretation 1

“The table of contents, alphabetical index, and titles of sections, chapters and sub-chapters are provided for ease of reference only; for legal purposes, classification shall be determined according to the terms of the headings and any relative section or chapter notes and, provided such headings or notes do not otherwise require, according to the following

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