Harmonized Tariff Code

The Harmonized Tariff Code is a list of tariffs imposed by the United States government to products that are imported into the country. Like all other countries in the world, this system is based on the tariff rates on the Harmonized System making international trade much easier to conduct. This system places each product in a certain category based on the level of their processing or preparation. There are at least 52 major product categories in the Harmonized Tariff Code which include live animals, edible meat, seafood, dairy products, and edible plants. The tariff rates that appear in the Harmonized Tariff Code are those which are announced by the President in accordance with the provisions made by Congress. The categorization of these imported goods and the collection of the import taxes fall under the responsibility of the United States Custom Service and maintained by the United States International Trade Commission.