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HTS Codes in US

You’ll need to pay taxes when importing goods to the USA — HTS number tell you exactly how much. Here you can learn how to find HTSUS code, and how to get a better deal when making international payments.

What is a HTS code?

HTS (or HTSUS - Harmonized Tariff Schedule of US) codes are 10 digit codes used by the United States government to track the goods being imported into the country. Each code describes a particular type of product, allowing the government to charge different tariffs for different trade goods.

If you’re planning on importing goods into the US, you’ll need to find the right HTS code to use.

What is a HTS code?

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HTSUS number format

HTS codes are made up of 4 parts, adding up to 10 digits in total. Each part provides more detailed information about the product — starting with the ‘chapter’, which describes the industry, and ending with the ‘statistical classification’, which describes the particular product. HTSUS numbers are an extension of internationally recognized HS codes that were developed by World Customs Organization (WCO).

Here, we’ve given a breakdown of the HTS code for chocolate confectionery with peanut butter.

HS Chapter

2 digits

18 - Cocoa and Cocoa Preparations

HS Heading

2 digits

1806 - Chocolate and other food preparations containing cocoa

HS SubHeading

2 digits

1806 31 - Filled

Statistical Classification

4 digits

1806 31 0041 - Confectionery: containing peanuts

What are HS codes?

Harmonised System (HS) codes are an international standard for calculating tax on imported goods. Controlled by the World Customs Organisation (WCO), the system was first introduced in 1988.

The HS code system forms the basis for all tariff codes in the US, which means that HTS codes are part of the international HS code system. They’re only used for Importing goods into the US, however.

What are HS codes?

How to use HTS code

You can find the right HTS code by searching for the product in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule Search, managed by the US government.

Taking chocolate confectionery as an example, you’d start by searching for the section and chapter that represents the industry. In this case, it would be section 4 (Prepared Foodstuffs) and chapter 18 (Cocoa and Cocoa Preparations).

Next, you’d search for the right Heading and Subheading, both of which would continue to describe your product in greater detail. In this case, the Heading would be 06 (Chocolate and other food preparations containing cocoa), and the Subheading would be 31 (Filled).

Finally, you’d look for the Statistical Classification, in this case 0041 (Confectionery with peanuts). Combining these digits will give you the HTS code — 1806 31 0041.

SECTIONCATEGORYCHAPTERS

1

Animal & Animal Products

1-5

2

Vegetable Products

6-14

3

Animal or Vegetable Fats and Oils

15

4

Prepared Foodstuffs

16-24

5

Mineral Products

25-27

6

Chemicals & Allied Industries

28-38

7

Plastics / Rubbers

39-40

8

Raw Hides, Skins, Leather, & Furs

41-43

9

Wood & Wood Products

44-46

10

Pulp of Wood or of Other Fibrous Material

47-49

11

Textiles

50-63

12

Footwear / Headgear

64-67

13

Stone / Glass

68-70

14

Natural or Cultured Pearls

71

15

Base Metals

72-83

16

Machinery / Electrical

84-85

17

Transportation

86-89

18

Precision Instruments

90-92

19

Arms and Ammunition

93

20

Miscellaneous Manufactured Articles

94-96

21

Works of Art

97-98

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Schedule B numbers, HS codes, and HTS codes — what’s the difference?

Depending on the type of international trade you’ll be doing, there are a few numbers and codes you might need.

Schedule B numbers help the US government to track trade exports leaving the country, and charge the right tariffs each product. If you’re planning on exporting goods abroad from the US, you’ll need to have the right Schedule B numbers.

HS codes are an international system for tracking trade goods. They form the basis for all tariff codes, including the first 6 digits of Schedule B numbers and HTS codes in the US. You’ll often find HS codes on invoices and shipping documents around the world.

HTS codes are like Schedule B numbers, but for importing goods into the United States instead. They’re also made up of 10 digits, and they help the US government to track imports and apply the right tariffs to different products.

Schedule B numbers, HS codes, and HTS codes — what’s the difference?