Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS)


Expert HTS Classification Training and Services

The Harmonized System (HS), crafted and maintained by the World Customs Organization (WCO), serves as a detailed framework for categorizing goods in international trade. Adopted by over 200 countries, it forms the backbone of customs tariff schedules and is pivotal in gathering global trade statistics.

Understanding and correctly applying HTS codes, along with their associated duty rates, is a complex yet crucial task. Accurate classification of products and services is essential to avoid incorrect duty payments on imports, and to ensure correct reporting of exports. Missteps in classification can result in substantial fines and penalties, reflecting the importance of precise adherence to HTS regulations.

At O’Meara & Associates, we specialize in expertly navigating the intricacies of the HTSUS. Our commitment is to streamline the classification process for your products, ensuring compliance without disrupting your business operations. We focus on providing swift and efficient solutions, allowing your business to operate smoothly and adhere to all international trade regulations.

What Are HTS Codes?

HTS codes, an abbreviation for Harmonized Tariff Schedule codes, play a crucial role in international trade, aiding both importers and exporters. These codes, which consist of unique 10-digit numbers (globally standardized for the first six-digits), are universally utilized to identify products in global commerce. One of their primary functions is to facilitate the easy determination of applicable duties or taxes for various products.

While these codes are globally standardized for the first six digits, their implications in terms of taxes and duties vary across different countries. In the United States, the HTS codes are managed by the US International Trade Commission (USITC). This body is responsible for linking each HTS code to the corresponding duty and tax laws applicable within the U.S. jurisdiction. Specifically in the U.S., this coding system is referred to as the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), aligning with domestic trade legislation.

Streamlining International Trade Compliance

In the intricate world of international trade, understanding the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the US (HTSUS) is akin to mastering a complex language used by governments for nuanced trade discussions.

Mr. O'Meara, a seasoned linguistic anthropologist with a profound affinity for languages, applies this unique perspective to tariff classification. His approach is informed by the same enthusiasm and depth he exhibited while teaching undergraduate linguistics courses, viewing tariff classification through the lens of linguistic precision and nuance.

As an MBA holder and a licensed customs broker, he possesses decades of experience managing the HTSUS classifications for tens of thousands of Stock Keeping Units (SKUs). His meticulous attention to detail and deep understanding of the subtleties in tariff classification equip him to assist importers and exporters in demonstrating their commitment to reasonable care in compliance practices.

O'Meara and Associates specialize in the classification of a diverse array of SKUs annually, encompassing products ranging from tools, textiles, chemicals, and machinery to vehicles and even gourmet items like chocolate-covered toffee with almonds. Our team not only enjoys the variety and challenge these classifications present but also excels in providing comprehensive HTSUS services.

Whether your needs involve training in classification, developing a classification program, or directly classifying your SKUs, we are eager to discuss how we can support your HTSUS requirements with our expertise and dedication.


A Professional Approach to Tariff Management

When working with O’Meara & Associates you can expect the following:


Comprehensive Import History Analysis

We conduct a meticulous review of your import history to accurately quantify the impact of tariffs on your business. This thorough analysis helps in understanding the financial implications and strategizing accordingly.


Follow-Up and HTS Classification

We actively work on your behalf to guarantee the proper Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) classification of your products. This process often involves an additional layer of evaluation to confirm that your items align with the specific product descriptions authorized by the USTR for duty exclusion. Our commitment extends beyond initial classification, ensuring ongoing compliance and optimization.


Identification of Duty Recovery Opportunities

Our team specializes in identifying opportunities for duty recovery by assessing your commodity codes and import/export activities. We closely examine potential duty recovery prospects stemming from exclusions granted by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), ensuring that you leverage all available benefits.


Development of a Detailed Project Plan

Our approach includes formulating a comprehensive project plan, which outlines the scope of work, the processes involved, and a clear timeline. This plan is designed to efficiently guide the process of recovering duties you have previously paid, ensuring transparency and structured progress throughout our collaboration.

Take the Next Step

Don't let the complexities of tariffs slow you down. Contact O'Meara and Associates, Inc. to schedule HTS training or classification and embark on your international trade journey with confidence.

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