What is a tariff?
A tariff (or duty, the words are used interchangeably) is a tax levied by governments on the value of imported products. Sales and state taxes, and in some instances customs fees, will often be levied as well. The tariff is assessed at the time of importation along with any other applicable taxes/fees. Tariffs raise the prices of imported goods, thus making them less competitive within the market of the importing country. Before you export to any country, you need to determine what the tariff rate is on your product(s) as well as any import fees for that country. The following information will help you make this determination.
The first step in determining duty and tax information is to identify the Harmonized System or Schedule B number for your product(s).
The Census Bureau sponsors a free online tool called the Schedule B Search Engine that can be used to classify your products.
The duty amount will also depend on the trade terms you have negotiated with your buyer.
Step 2: Determine Tariff Rates
Once you know your product’s Schedule B or HS number, you will be able to determine the applicable tariff and tax rates in a particular foreign country. The following links can help you locate specific tariff and tax rates for your product.
Country Specific Tariff and Tax Information: Tariff and tax information for exporting to 97 countries.
Additional Tariff Resources (including information for importing into the U.S.)
Once the Schedule B is determined, please call the Trade Information Center at 1-800-USA-TRADE and an international trade specialist will assist you in obtaining foreign import fee, duty, and tax information. You may also email a tariff inquiry (requesting duty and tax information) with HS number(s) to the Trade Information Center at email@example.com or fax us at (202) 482-4473.