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Tariff Item Details

At the Tariff Item and Classification Number levels can be found important information needed in order to calculate the duty payable on an imported item and complete the Customs accounting forms. The following example refers to 3204.17.10.12 the Classification Number for quinacridone violet. A stylized tariff page is shown to illustrate the type of information found at the Tariff Item and Classification Number levels.

3204.17 Pigments and preparations based thereon
3204.17.10 Quinacridone pigments and preparations based thereon
MFN 5% Codes 0911, 3475, 3476
GPT Free
UST Free
3204.17.10.10 Pigments
3204.17.10.11
Red    Unit of Measure KGM
3204.17.10.12
Violet    Unit of Measure KGM
3204.17.10.19
Other    Unit of Measure KGM
3204.17.10.20
Preparations
3204.17.10.21
Dispersions    Unit of Measure KGM
3204.17.10.29
Other    Unit of Measure KGM

Description of Goods - is an explanatory statement verifying the characteristics of the item. Often the descriptions for a few levels above the Classification Number must be examined in order to verify that the description associated with the Classification Number really refers to the product in question. In this example, we need to look at the following three descriptions:
Quinacridone pigments and preparations based thereon:

Pigments
Violet

These are the descriptions for the Tariff Item, the first level Classification Number and the second level Classification Number respectively.

Unit of Measure Code - indicated by abbreviated units measuring the item by volume/capacity, weight, area, number, etc. The unit of measure is used to determine the value for duty on goods which have a specific or compound rate of duty.

eg. KGM--Imported quantities of Quinacridone Violet are measured by weight in kilograms.

Trade Agreements and Associated Duty Rates - the rates of duty imposed upon the item according to tariff agreements in effect with the country of origin are shown here. Duty is calculated in the following ways: on an ad valorem rate (which is a percentage of the value of the goods), on a specific rate per measure, or on a compound rate (which is a combination of both).

eg. If this commodity was being imported from a country where the Most Favoured Nation Tariff applies and provided all the conditions are met, duty is assessed on an ad valorem rate of 5%. Both the General Preferential Tariff rate and the United States Tariff rate are free.

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