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8 MAKE A PAYMENT GET ASSISTANCETRACK YOUR SHIPMENTIMPORT WITH CONFIDENCEGETTING STARTED PREPARE YOUR SHIPMENT EXPORT WITH CONFIDENCE CUSTOMS TARIFFS Tariffs and duty are often used interchangeably and both are a form of indirect taxation. When discussing governments or economies the term tariff is generally used. Tariffs protect domestic markets while generating revenue. When discussing rates or amounts the term duty is generally used. Commodity classification codes are used in determining the amount of duty applied. A duty is a tax levied by governments on imported and exported goods. The calculation of duties is dependent on the declared value of the commodities within the shipment. Duty is applied by U.S. Customs at the time of initial entry and varies depending on the commoditys classification code value country of manufacture and associated freight charges. In most cases documents that do not have any commercial value are not dutiable. However documents with commercial value are dutiable. Each country establishes its own standards as to which goods are considered a document non-dutiable or non- document dutiable. OPTIONAL SERVICES AND SURCHARGES CONT. CLASSIFYING YOUR COMMODITIES Dutiable goods are given a classification code of up to ten digits that is known as a Harmonized Tariff System HTS code Export Control Classification Number ECCN or Schedule B number. Goods are not classified by the stage of manufacture use or place of origin but by what they actually are. For example Mineral products Plastics and rubber Raw hides skins leathers Wood and straw Textile Stone plaster and cement When determining a classification code commodity descriptions may appear to be similar but may have significantly different rates of duty. The more information you know about your product the easier it will be to find the code. Applying the correct code will help your shipment get through Customs smoothly. Variable duties may be applied by U.S. Customs after initial entry when estimated duties were paid or when an entry is audited causing a change in the duty owed. Obtain a commodity classification code using DHL Trade Automation Services TEMPORARY IMPORT AND EXPORT If you are temporarily importing or exporting goods to be reviewed repaired altered or processed within one year and then returned you may be able to file your entry under an Admission TemporaireTemporary Admission ATA Carnet or Temporary Importation Under Bond TIB to avoid paying duties. Get more information in Temporary Exports on page 17 GETTING STARTED OPTIONAL SERVICES AND SURCHARGESRATE QUOTE AND TRANSIT TIMESHIPPING TOOLS CHECK THIS OFF The following is a checklist of details needed to obtain a Customs duties taxes and fees estimate in Trade Automation Services Sender address Receiver address Commodity description Commodity country of manufacture Commodity classification code HTS or ECCN or Schedule B Commodity quantity Commodity price per unit Payment of duties and taxes is often the responsibility of the receiver. DHL will contact the receiver on behalf of Customs to arrange for payment. GOOD TO KNOW