Exporting goods can greatly expand your reach but you must use commodity codes to classify your goods if you want to succeed in international trade. HS codes (HS is short for the ‘Harmonized System’) are vital to international and UK trade and help make shipping more efficient. To find the right commodity code there are several ways you can look up the appropriate trade tariff details.
The following are some of the free methods you can use to look up commodity codes UK businesses will need, which help to make managing import or exports much simpler:
Although a government or independent website works quite well there are still many pitfalls and potential problems that can arise, which is why we offer a parcel and mail handling service that eliminates the hassles of export declarations. Get in touch with us to start using our automated digital delivery service.
There are a few considerations when determining the best way to lookup codes for exports, which will narrow down the best method. These considerations include the following:
Although there is no best option objectively speaking, a managed mail handling service will remove any doubts and stresses from all the commodity codes UK businesses will ever have to deal with – so it is always the best if you are unsure!
HS codes exist to make international trade simpler, as the numbers are recognised throughout over 200 countries – allowing different jurisdictions to collect information on the nature of your goods. The important thing to remember is that when you offer international shipping this is a legally binding decision with many consequences.
Not using HS codes correctly can result in the following issues for your business:
Overall, poor shipping standards will cost your business – and it can be incredibly confusing, annoying and simply boring to get your commodity codes right. So, whichever method you use to look up codes, make sure they are accurate.
We can help you avoid the need to look up codes, trawl through lists or navigate difficult to use checkers. Proper use of commodity codes is a legally binding duty for UK businesses who wish to trade internationally, so it is crucial to get right – as there are potentially severe consequences for your business if you fail to do so!
You can use government checkers, tariff classifications services, independent lookup tools or managed services to handle commodity codes in the UK. You will see our impressive technology and excellent client service when you get in touch with us to start using our impressive international delivery service.