How to use the UK Trade Tariff

Finding measures for a commodity

When you have found an appropriate commodity code for the goods you're trading in, online the UK Trade Tariff will display tables showing the measures that apply to that commodity code. Measures are the conditions which determine the customs treatment of goods.

Measures are displayed in two tables. The first table shows third country measures which describe measures applicable to all countries (in other forms of the UK Integrated Tariff these are sometimes called 'erga omnes' - relating to everyone - measures). The second table, called preference measures, shows measures applicable to specific countries or country groups, as well as any countries excluded from that group. Each row in a table represents a single measure and its components. Measure conditions - where they apply - can be viewed in a pop-up box by selecting a 'conditions' link.

Tables 1 and 2 have a similar layout and include the following columns:

  • The first column indicates whether the measure originates from the European Union (EU) or the UK, by displaying an EU or Great Britain flag. In the measures specific to a country there is also a column indicating to which country or country group a measure applies. You can select a country group code in the measures tables to see a list of countries in that group.
  • Measure type - describes the type of measure applying to that code - eg a Tariff preference or a Customs Union Duty. This column also shows additional information such as quota numbers and dates.
  • Duty rates - shows the duty rate expression. Currency is displayed in euros for EU measures and pounds for UK measures.
  • Additional codes - if a measure has more than one additional code (eg a list of anti-dumping duty codes) the measure row is repeated for each additional code. Clicking on the link will bring up a new pop-up window with details.
  • Conditions - a link to conditions applicable to this measure (eg licence requirements). Clicking on the link will bring up a new pop-up window with details.
  • Exclusions (preference measures list only) - a list of countries that are excluded from the country group for the measure.
  • Legal Act - the regulation number for the measure. Clicking the regulation number in the legal act column opens a new browser and displays the related regulation on the EU's Europa website.
  • Footnotes - links the commodity code to footnotes. Clicking on the link will bring up a new pop-up window with details.

Searching and filtering measures

You can use filters to narrow down the results of a search. In the top right-hand corner of the page you can filter by inputting search criteria such as:

  • commodity code
  • import/export - the user can choose whether to see import measures or export measures
  • up to three additional codes
  • simulation date - returns measures valid on a specific date (if left blank, the current date is assumed)
  • country name drop down - lists country names in alphabetical order

Meursing code

The Meursing code tool lets you determine the additional four-digit commodity code required for goods containing certain types of milk and sugars. This tool can be accessed by clicking the "view Meursing code" link. Upon establishing the Meursing code the tool will add the Meursing code to filter criteria in your current view.

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