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Tariff Classification – An Introduction

Tariff Classification – An Introduction

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Overall Objective

The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) is the foundation of the Canadian Customs Tariff. This training session provides an introduction to the HS and its basic guidelines for properly classifying your imported and/or exported goods.


4 Hours




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Compliance with the HS refers to the mandatory and proper classification and reporting of goods entering or leaving Canada. As an importer or exporter, you are responsible for properly declaring your goods. Proper classification of goods under the HS allows you to:

  • determine the appropriate duty rates (together with the country of origin)
  • qualify a product to claim a preferential or duty-free rate of duty under the rules of origin of a free trade agreement
  • help the government to maintain trade statistics
  • target goods controlled by another government agency
  • identify goods and shipments that could endanger the health and safety of Canada and its citizens

Using a PowerPoint presentation, reference materials, real-life examples and a quiz, our customs expert will cover the following topics:

  • Explain the methodology used to classify goods under the Departmental Classification of the Canadian Customs Tariff, which is based on the HS
  • Become familiar with the six (6) General Rules for interpreting the HS
  • Understand the hierarchical structure of the HS as developed in the Tariff
  • Know how to read the Tariff, the principles of punctuation, the Legal Notes and the wording of headings and subheadings
  • How to apply the process to classify your goods
  • How to work together with your customs broker to ensure that your tariff classifications are correct for reporting to customs agencies
  • Special provisions (Chapters 98 and 99)
  • Differences in HS interpretation and tariff schedule numbering between jurisdictions (e.g. Canada vs. United States)
  • Advance rulings
  • Monetary penalties and other enforcement actions for non-compliance
Who can benefit from this training?
  • Buyers
  • Logistics and transport officers
  • Import-export assistants
  • Company representatives
  • Accounting employees
  • Sales employees
  • Department managers
  • Business owners
  • Anyone interested in customs activities
Specific objectives
  • Give participants an introduction to the basics of the Harmonized System (HS)
  • Explain how the HS works and why it should be used to classify goods imported into Canada and/or exported from Canada
  • Know how to use the tools available to you for the tariff classification of your products
  • Know when it is necessary to consult an external expert or request a ruling from a customs agency
  • Recognize the benefits of properly managing your tariff classifications as well as the risks and consequences of not having properly classified your products under HS rules and guidelines

Participants in our training programs will receive a handy reference booklet.
Please note that customized training or coaching is also available upon request.

For more information, call : 1.514.368.2637 x112

our instructors

Marc Ticehurst

Customs and Trade Policy Advisor

With over 25 years of experience in customs brokerage, transportation and logistics, Marc has acquired a solid expertise in improving logistics and customs performance for Canadian importers and exporters. Customer relationship management, consulting and business development are subjects that fascinate him.

His in-depth knowledge of customs rules and programs and international agreements make Marc a valuable advisor to all W2C clients.

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