Check what you'll need to get a legally binding decision on a commodity code
Last updated 5 January 2021
A legally binding decision is a written tariff classification of your goods. It’s not a legal requirement, but it provides assurance that your goods have the correct commodity code and:
- is legally binding
- is generally valid for 3 years
- helps calculate customs duties, export refunds, licensing requirements, quotas or other restrictions in advance
- alerts you to any import or export licensing requirements or if quotas or other quantitative restrictions apply to your goods
What you’ll need
Get an EORI number.
Get a Government gateway user ID to register for an Advance Tariff Ruling decision.
Email the Tariff Classification Service firstname.lastname@example.org to get access to the European Union Gateway website for a Binding Tariff Information decision.
If you’re importing into or exporting from Northern Ireland or the EU
You’ll need to apply for a Binding Tariff Information decision.
Binding Tariff Information decisions can be issued by HMRC to traders or individuals that have an EORI number that starts XI for goods you’re intending to import into or export from:
- Northern Ireland
- any EU member states, if you’re established in Northern Ireland
If you’re not established in Northern Ireland and want a ruling on goods being moved in EU countries, you must apply in the country where that activity will take place.
If you’re importing into or exporting from Great Britain
You’ll need to apply for an Advance Tariff Ruling. You can only get an advance ruling if you both:
- have an EORI number that starts with GB
- intend to import into or export from Great Britain