December 01, 2021
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Binding Tariff Information decision (BTI)

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What is BTI?

Binding tariff information is an EU customs decision on the tariff classification of goods. It provides importers and exporters with legal certainty as to the correct classification of their goods and can be sought before importing or exporting goods.

What is the purpose of BTI?

The BTI is not a mandatory document, but the one issued ensures the correct tariff classification of the goods. In turn, the correct classification of goods means the correct calculation of duties and taxes, as well as the correct application of EU import and export restrictions and prohibitions.

What are main features of BTI decision?

BTI decision is:

  • issued by national customs authorities in the EU,
  • generally valid for 3 years throughout the EU, regardless of where it is issued,
  • binding on all EU customs administrations and the holder.

How to apply for a BTI decision?

EU Trader Portal is used for application and BTI-related correspondence. Please note that you should:

  • apply only if you are planning an import or export transaction,
  • make a separate application for each type of product,
  • give a detailed description of your goods, including images or samples, if possible,
  • ensure that all the information you provide is accurate and complete (any decisions based on incomplete or inaccurate information will be annulled).

Legal rules are set out in the Union Customs Code.

Database

You can view all currently valid BTI decisions in the public database:
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/dds2/ebti/ebti_home.jsp?Lang=en 

Comments ()

en, lt
Can you appeal if you disagree with the CN code recommendation issued by the Customs Laboratory?
21-06-2022

You can ask the Customs Laboratory to classify your goods to double-check the commodity code you use or plan to use. However, the recommended product code might differ from yours, and you may disagree with it. What should be done in such a case? Should you ignore the recommendation of the Customs Laboratory? Or is it better to appeal against it? And, in general, is it possible to appeal against such non-binding conclusions? The Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania (SACL) clarified the latter issue.

Enrika Naujokė

classification
en, lt
Can you appeal if you disagree with the CN code recommendation issued by the Customs Laboratory?
21-06-2022

You can ask the Customs Laboratory to classify your goods to double-check the commodity code you use or plan to use. However, the recommended product code might differ from yours, and you may disagree with it. What should be done in such a case? Should you ignore the recommendation of the Customs Laboratory? Or is it better to appeal against it? And, in general, is it possible to appeal against such non-binding conclusions? The Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania (SACL) clarified the latter issue.

Enrika Naujokė

classification
en
A few remarks on the softness of soft law in the sphere of customs classification
31-05-2022

Customs classification rules are numerous, long and technically complex. No wonder both declarants and customs authorities seek guidance as to understanding these rules. This article outlines the intricacies of hard and soft law aimed at facilitating the application of the classification provisions.

Prof Dr Krzysztof Lasiński-Sulecki

classification
en
A few remarks on the softness of soft law in the sphere of customs classification
31-05-2022

Customs classification rules are numerous, long and technically complex. No wonder both declarants and customs authorities seek guidance as to understanding these rules. This article outlines the intricacies of hard and soft law aimed at facilitating the application of the classification provisions.

Prof Dr Krzysztof Lasiński-Sulecki

classification
lt
Kur pakankamo rūpestingumo klasifikuojant prekes ribos?
29-05-2022

Prekių tarifinis klasifikavimas - sritis, kurioje Lietuvoje dirbančiam deklarantui nesunku „užsidirbti“ administracinę nuobaudą. Nuobaudos būtų galima išvengti, jeigu pavyktų įrodyti, kad buvo klasifikuojama pakankamai rūpestingai. Teismuose vis bandoma išsiaiškinti: kurgi tos rūpestingumo ribos? Apžvelgiame aktualią bylą, kurioje ginčas kilo dėl nuobaudos, skirtos už neteisingą išmaniųjų apyrankių klasifikavimą.

Jurgita Bartninkienė

classification
lt
Kur pakankamo rūpestingumo klasifikuojant prekes ribos?
29-05-2022

Prekių tarifinis klasifikavimas - sritis, kurioje Lietuvoje dirbančiam deklarantui nesunku „užsidirbti“ administracinę nuobaudą. Nuobaudos būtų galima išvengti, jeigu pavyktų įrodyti, kad buvo klasifikuojama pakankamai rūpestingai. Teismuose vis bandoma išsiaiškinti: kurgi tos rūpestingumo ribos? Apžvelgiame aktualią bylą, kurioje ginčas kilo dėl nuobaudos, skirtos už neteisingą išmaniųjų apyrankių klasifikavimą.

Jurgita Bartninkienė

classification
lt
Kokią įtaką prekių klasifikavimo efektyvumui ir tikslumui daro technologijos?
29-05-2022

Viena pagrindinių diskusijų temų 2019 m. PMO konferencijoje dėl Suderintos sistemos (SS) ateities krypties buvo SS kompleksiškumas. Buvo išreikštas susirūpinimas dėl SS klasifikavimo sudėtingumo, ypač mažoms ir vidutinėms įmonėms, kurioms suteikiama galimybė dalyvauti pasaulio ekonomikoje, bet jos nebūtinai turi tam reikalingų priemonių.

Randy Rotchin

classification
lt
Kokią įtaką prekių klasifikavimo efektyvumui ir tikslumui daro technologijos?
29-05-2022

Viena pagrindinių diskusijų temų 2019 m. PMO konferencijoje dėl Suderintos sistemos (SS) ateities krypties buvo SS kompleksiškumas. Buvo išreikštas susirūpinimas dėl SS klasifikavimo sudėtingumo, ypač mažoms ir vidutinėms įmonėms, kurioms suteikiama galimybė dalyvauti pasaulio ekonomikoje, bet jos nebūtinai turi tam reikalingų priemonių.

Randy Rotchin

classification
en
The "dark art" of classification (challenging a BTI ruling)
15-05-2022

The area of classification is often seen as a dark art and impenetrable to most people. This is of course untrue, but it does require experience and repeated and frequent exposure in order to operate confidently and competently within this discipline. In March 2021, an article reporting on the deliberations of the Irish Tax Appeals Commission regarding a tariff classification dispute between the Irish Revenue Commissioners and a medical technology company appeared in an Irish daily newspaper. As a customs consultant and a former civil servant with a particular interest in tariff classification, my attention was immediately piqued.

Dr. David Savage

classification
en
The "dark art" of classification (challenging a BTI ruling)
15-05-2022

The area of classification is often seen as a dark art and impenetrable to most people. This is of course untrue, but it does require experience and repeated and frequent exposure in order to operate confidently and competently within this discipline. In March 2021, an article reporting on the deliberations of the Irish Tax Appeals Commission regarding a tariff classification dispute between the Irish Revenue Commissioners and a medical technology company appeared in an Irish daily newspaper. As a customs consultant and a former civil servant with a particular interest in tariff classification, my attention was immediately piqued.

Dr. David Savage

classification
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