The TARIC code (TARif Intégré Communautaire; Integrated Tariff of the European Communities) is designed to show the various rules applying to specific products when imported into the EU.

Usually, the TARIC code is assigned to a product by the importer/exporter. Importers should take extreme care in selecting the right code — because choosing the wrong code can lead to higher fees and/or penalties. For example: If the product code turns out to be wrong, customs may charge tax arrears for up to 3 years.

Finding out which product code to use can be quite difficult. Many products are not listed literally in the goods nomenclature. For instance: a computer is classified under ‘automatic data processing machines’. Thus, the supplier’s importer is the best source to find out which TARIC code is being used for their components.

Fortunately the Source Intelligence platform includes a feature to help you search for TARIC (and the related HTS) codes. You can can use this feature to enter the type of product/part/component and select the code that is most relevant.

NOTE: ECHA uses the TARIC code for SCIP to establish the category for the articles (complex objects and articles as such). So, the risk of higher fees and/or penalties does not apply should a dossier be submitted with the wrong TARIC code.


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