What is a Harmonized Tariff Code and why do I need it?

Harmonized Codes are internationally recognized codes to classify an item for tax purposes. Harmonized Codes (also referred to as Tariff Codes, TARIC, Customs Tariffs, Harmonized Tariff Codes, and Harmonized System Codes) expedite the shipping process for international orders. Once an order reaches an international border, a country's customs office uses these codes to identify and to assess taxes, duties, and fees for what you are shipping.

Most destination countries use the Harmonized Code system while a few countries require the description instead. It is best practice to include both the Harmonized Code and a detailed description when shipping internationally. While it is not required, using Harmonized Codes for your international shipments will:

  • Help your packages move through customs more quickly

  • Help to ensure correct taxation on your exported products

  • Help to minimize the chances for loss of your products

Locate Your Harmonized Codes

For a full list of Harmonization Codes, go to the  Harmonized Tarriff Schedule page from the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Additional Resources

Learn more about shipping international orders and using Harmonized Codes in PayPal Shipping Center.