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Tariffs and Taxes On Import and Exports

By March 19, 2011

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How do you determine if your product carries a tariff, tax or other charge in a particular country?  Each country establishes its own tariffs or taxes on imports.  It's a government's way of generating revenue within a country and controlling trade between nations to support the best interests of its own citizens.

The most common tariff is an ad valorem tariff which is a set percentage of the value of the goods being imported.

Most countries use the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to classify products for tariff assessments.  After you classify your product, you research to see if any charges are applicable on imports.

By the way and not to confuse you, but on exports, the classification is generally referred to as Schedule B numbers.

If you have trouble finding out what your tariff or tax might be on a product in a particular country, ask your freight forwarder, transportation company or customer for assistance.  With your guidance, they usually know how to look this up pretty fast.

Additional suggested reading:

Are Your Goods Subject to a Quota?

Tariffs - The Economic Effect of Tariffs


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