A commodity code must be declared for all goods when declaring them for import or export. The commodity code determines the duty rates that are levied on the goods, as well as restrictions and prohibitions, among other things.
Briefly on commodity codes
2. When do I need the commodity code?
- You need the commodity code when lodging customs declarations, or when you want to find out the cost of importing the goods and whether the goods are subject to restrictions.
You need to know the right commodity code to be able to set the appropriate price for your products and to avoid back taxes. The period of subsequent taxation is three years.
If you use the wrong commodity code, you may have to pay the unlevied taxes retroactively.
3. What information do I need to find out the commodity code?
- You need to know, among other things, the nature, composition, features and function of the goods.
- By examining the nomenclature you will find out what details you need for specific goods.
- You also need detailed information about the goods when asking the Customs Information for help with the commodity code.
4. Where can I find the commodity code?
- Commodity code service Fintaric
- EU Commission’s TARIC database
- EU Commission’s EBTI database (European binding tariff information)
You can also buy the commodity code details as a service from a forwarding company.
If you are unable to find out the commodity code, ask the Customs Information for help.
You can also apply for binding tariff information from Customs free of charge.
5. You can apply for binding tariff informationTULLI.FI
Binding tariff information (BTI) is a written decision on the commodity code applied to goods.
- The decision is free of charge and valid throughout the EU for 3 years.
- You can apply for a BTI when you are planning to import or export goods. Binding tariff information is not issued for the purposes of statistics or excise taxation.
- The company must have an EORI number.
Read more: Binding tariff information