Tagged in: products

Permits For Importing From China

Certain products may have unique permits that are required. For example, many Food and Drugs require certification from appropriate national agencies. However, there’s other more mundane forms, which may be simple ‘promises’ that an item contains no wood products, that it was made 100% in a certain country, etc.. Most products will not require such forms and if you call your local customs office and tell the official exactly what product you are importing (ideally with a tariff code) they can tell you what forms you may need. Go on DHgate and search for emerald green dress because they sell very well nowadays.

A packing list is imply a document showing how a shipment is boxed, i.e. 10 Pairs of Sandals in Box #2.

A cargo control document is a unique term in Canada but other countries have similar documents. It’s simply a document given by a freight forwarder that gives a container or shipment a unique ID that helps customs officials better track and locate the shipment.

10-digit Tariff Classification Number: The Most Important Thing You Must Know.

The single most important thing that all importers must know is the 10-digit Tariff Classification Number of their product. “What the *&^% is that?” you’re probably asking.

As you can imagine, there are millions and millions of different products that exist in the world. How can a customs official be expected to know the details of every single reverse osmosis water filtration system and 2-in-1 Rice Maker/Slow Cooker in the world? Easy- the Harmonized System!

The Harmonized System is simply a big long encyclopedia of product descriptions covering every imaginable product. Almost every single country in the world uses this Harmonized System. When you think about it, it makes perfectly logical sense for the world to have some shared classification of products. Most countries share the same product classifications, but each individual country sets their own rates of duty.

The classification numbers break down like following:

7316.11.10.90 << This is the complete Number

7316 << International Heading (shared by all countries)

11 << International Sub-Heading (shared by all countries)

10 << Tariff Item (Set by Individual Country)

90 << Special statistical tracking number (Set by Individual Country)

As you can see, countries share the first 6 digits of the classification code and then each country sets the remaining four codes. This means that you can use other countries classification and tools as a starting point for determining the exact classification code for your country, but you can’t rely on another countries codes completely.