How to classify HS/HTS codes?

HS classification is the process of assigning HS codes to internationally traded commodities. All products can be classified in the HS using GRI or the General Rules for the Interpretation of the Harmonized System. You can determine HS/HTS codes by a variety of factors including the product’s form, composition and function. Here are some examples of classification.

Classification by product form

0702.00: Tomatoes, fresh or chilled:

2103.20: Tomato ketchup and other tomato sauces

Classification by Material composition

6201

Men's or boys' overcoats, carcoats, capes, cloaks, anoraks (including ski-jackets), windbreakers and similar articles (including padded, sleeveless jackets), other than those of heading 6203:

6201.91: Of wool or fine animal hair

6201.92: Of cotton

Classification by Function

As shown below, various bags, including plastic bags and sheeting are classified under heading 4202 and subheading 4202.12. However, sleeping bags are classified under 9404.30.

4202

Trunks, suitcases, vanity cases, attache cases, briefcases, school satchels, spectacle cases, binocular cases, camera cases, musical instrument cases, gun cases, holsters and similar containers; traveling bags, insulated food or beverage bags, toiletry bags, knapsacks and backpacks, handbags, shopping bags, wallets, purses, map cases, cigarette cases, tobacco pouches, tool bags, sports bags, bottle cases, jewelry boxes, powder cases, cutlery cases and similar containers, of leather or of composition leather, of sheeting of plastics, of textile materials, of vulcanized fiber or of paperboard, or wholly or mainly covered with such materials or with paper:

4202.12: With outer surface of plastics or of textile materials:

9404

Mattress supports; articles of bedding and similar furnishing (for example, mattresses, quilts, eiderdowns, cushions, pouffes and pillows) fitted with springs or stuffed or internally fitted with any material or of cellular rubber or plastics, whether or not covered:

9404.30: Sleeping bags:


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