HTS or Harmonised Tariff Schedule is a 10-digit code used by the United States International Trade Commission to identify tariff and merchandise brackets for everything imported into the U.S.A. It’s not to be confused with the HS code, which is administered by the World Customs Organisation.
Knowing how the HTS code works is crucial for traders working with clients based in the U.S. The United States Customs and Border Patrol is the primary approver in the case of an HTS code. The ten digits of a Harmonised Tariff Schedule code consist of
- A six-digit Harmonised Schedule code
- Two digits that mark it as a U.S.-bound shipment
- Two digits for the U.S.-specific product subcategory