Guide

Classifying imports and exports

The Tariff Classification Service

You can use the UK Trade Tariff to look up classification codes.

If after using this service you are unable to self-assess your products, and need additional support, you can email the team on: classification.enquiries@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk.

You must only detail one item per email.

To ensure your enquiry is dealt with efficiently, please include the following information in your email request:

  • what the product is
  • what it is made of
  • if it’s made of more than one material please explain the breakdown of the materials
  • what it’s used for
  • how the product works / functions
  • how it’s presented / packaged

The products listed below will require you to provide additional information.

  • footwear - include the type (shoe, boot, slipper etc.), upper material details, outer sole material details, the heel height and the purpose for men or woman
  • food - include precise composition details by percentage weight of all the ingredients to 100% and the method of manufacture or process undergone e.g. fresh, frozen, dried, further prepared / preserved etc
  • chemicals - include the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) number, whether the product is a liquid/powder/solid and include the percentages of the ingredients
  • textiles - please include the material composition, how it is constructed (knitted /woven) and the name of fabric
  • vehicles - please include the age, the engine type (petrol or diesel), the engine size, whether the vehicle is new or used, whether the vehicle is over 30 years old and whether it is in its original condition. Is the vehicle going to be for everyday use?

A classification officer will respond by providing you with non-legally binding classification advice based on the information you have supplied.

If you’d like customs to make a binding decision on correct classification of your goods, you should apply electronically for a Binding Tariff Information (BTI) ruling. Find out more about electronic BTI in Notice 600.