• Troy Larkin

6 Things Importers Need to Know About Customs Classification Specialists

When it comes to tariff HTSUS rates, just one incorrect step in calculating tariff classification codes may cost your business thousands of dollars. The importer needs to be extra vigilant when they are calculating the tariff on the goods imported. For example, many importers tend to be unaware of the correct classification codes to use per their products and tend to dramatically overpay on imported goods' duties.

To get hands on the correct numbers and not to pay an excessive import duty, the smartest way to ensure correct classification codes is to utilize a Master Customs Classification Specialist, such as those housed at CITTA Brokerage Co. They are well-versed with the changing rules and are constantly keeping up to date as to how to best tariff engineer codes to maximize the end result. The specialists will help in calculating the correct duty charges to be paid.

How Customs Classification Specialist Help Importers

While filing the entry summary or form 7501, the importers or brokers need to be watchful of the rules and regulation set forth by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. According to a study, nearly 15% of the goods are classified wrongly that has made importers pay extra charges. Here are some important pointers that how Customs Classification Specialist can support you.

  1. The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States sets forth the tariffs to be calculated upon the imported goods. The Customs Classification Specialists are aware of the chapters and each section of the HTS in the US.

  2. As stated nearly 15% of products are classified wrongly, which means 65% of the products are costing the importers heavy-duty charges. Even 35% of these items are depriving the US government of any kind of revenues.

  3. While classifying the imported goods, it is necessary that the importers must acknowledge the chapter notes along with the tariff codes and its schedule. Most of the times the importers are not aware of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule so it is mandatory to take the services from the customs classification specialist.

  4. As tariff schedule contains 99 chapters under 22 sections under HTS, so it is significant for the importer/specialist to know the precise code of the particular item. This will help in calculating the import duty efficiently. For this, the services from the experienced specialist will support the importers.

  5. The benefit of taking the services from the Customs Classification Specialist is that they will quote the correct duty rate. This will not cost you overhead charges or an extra penny while paying the import duty.

  6. The number of errors reaching up to 30% will also be reduced by taking the services from the specialist. This will also support the importers to get the required refund amount from the government.


The importers are paying heavy duties unknowingly because most of them are unaware of the entry summary requirements that are then noted by the specialists. In order to avert this situation, it is necessary to take the services from an experienced and professional customs classification specialist like CITTA Brokerage Co. We have a team of certified customs specialists and master classifiers who are aware of the chapters and schedules provided under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule. We will guide you on each step.

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