2. Classifying your goods
Once you are sure that the goods may be imported, you will need to determine the correct tariff classification number. These numbers along with the goods country of origin are used to determine the rate of duty you must pay when importing.
Most trading countries, including Canada, the United States, China and India, use the Harmonized System (HS) as the basis of their classifications systems. The first six digits are a common identifier across all countries using the HS for that particular good. The following four are unique to Canada and used to establish the duty rates and for statistical purposes.
Tariff classification numbers can be determined by:
- Consulting the Customs Tariff;
- Contacting the Border Information Service (BIS);
- Requesting an advance ruling on a tariff classification by mail from a CBSA trade office.
For more information on the general rules and guidelines involved in classifying goods in the Customs Tariff refer to Memorandum D10-13-1, Classification of Goods. More information on the importance of properly classifying your goods can be found at, Harmonized System Compliance.
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