Selecting the correct Commodity Codes

Question posted by Kristian Clarke, on behalf of Radio Tactics in SO16

If a product i am exporting is made up of many parts but all of them contribute to the main function. Do i list all the main parts under each commodity code category or under the main function all the parts will be used?

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Sandra Strong, on behalf of Strong and Herd LLP in M22.

Hi Kristian - I don't like answering a question like this really but the answer is IT DEPENDS!

We can help you with this but I suggest, if you have a particular product/shipment to classify you speak to the excellent tariff classification helpline at HMRC on 01702 366077.

Also have a look at the new www.gov.uk website Tariff pages - there are useful guides on classifying difficult products and one is on computers which might be of use.

http://opentoexport.com/questions/selecting-the-correct-commodity-codes/

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Simon Huxley, on behalf of InXpress Leicester in CV11.

Hi Kristian
I agree with Sandra above, there are a few factors.
First thing I might ask, is are you exporting inside the EU, or outside the EU?

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Kristian Clarke, on behalf of Radio Tactics in SO16.

Hi Simon,

We export outside and inside the EU but mainly outside the EU.

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Simon Huxley, on behalf of InXpress Leicester in CV11.

I am now wondering whether I understood your initial question correctly, but if it helps, maybe the following covers something. If you are shipping outside of the EU then you will obviously be sending the goods with a commercial invoice. Given that there is no 'standard global template' for a commercial invoice it kind of makes it flexible as to how you write one. The more information you detail on your commercial invoice (commodity codes etc), the less likely of a customs delay. Depending on where you are sending, customs delays are often due to lack of supporting info on the contents of the shipment. As long as your commercial invoice lists and details each product, commodity, and commercial value then this will contribute to a quick and smooth customs clearance. Hope that helps!

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Kristian Clarke, on behalf of Radio Tactics in SO16.

I understand about putting more information as possible on the commercial invoice, but i guess the main point of my question was about the products we send which are essentially computer units and the cables and accessories that go with them all contribute to the main function/purpose. With that in mind do i list all the different parts that make up the whole product or do i list the whole product under the main commodity code according to its function and purpose? At the moment we are listing every sub component that makes up the whole product.

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HMRC Advisor, on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs in G67.

Information on classifying your goods can be found in notice 600 “Classifying your imports or exports” this is available from our website at www.hmrc.gov.uk > Quick Links – Library, Official Statistics > Publications > Notices, Information Sheets and other reference materials > Import, export and international trade > Public Notices > Yes to open site > Scroll to notice required if necessary.

Notices are listed in number order.
Our Tariff Classification Service also provides verbal advice but this is for assistance only and is not legally binding they can be contacted by telephone (+ 44) 01702 366077 or by e-mail at tariff.classification@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

HM Revenue & Customs
Customs International Trade & Excise
www.hmrc.gov.uk/contactus

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