February 23, 2024
Partnership with private sector leads to enhanced certainty in the classification of products in Brazil

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Brazil is on the cusp of a groundbreaking transformation, with the rollout of an upgraded version 2.0 of its Foreign Trade Single Window, the Portal Único Siscomex. A core innovation within the Portal is the introduction of a catalogue describing products using pre-defined attributes. The new system has been made possible thanks to an exceptional partnership between private and public entities who worked hand in hand to redefine the way products are identified for cross-border trade.

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Technology to Customs: Catch me, if you can
21-04-2024

The WTO's Harmonised System (HS) convention is probably one of the most successful international conventions and aims to harmonise tariff codes for goods worldwide. The WTO also has successful conventions, including the 1996 Information Technology Agreement (ITA), which aims to improve trade in technology products by eliminating customs duties on selected and defined products. The interests of the HS and the ITA are not identical. While the HS aims to establish rules for a unified classification, regardless of whether the result leads to duty-free treatment or not, the ITA's objective is duty-free treatment for technological products.

Omer Wagner

classification, duties, taxes
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Technology to Customs: Catch me, if you can
21-04-2024

The WTO's Harmonised System (HS) convention is probably one of the most successful international conventions and aims to harmonise tariff codes for goods worldwide. The WTO also has successful conventions, including the 1996 Information Technology Agreement (ITA), which aims to improve trade in technology products by eliminating customs duties on selected and defined products. The interests of the HS and the ITA are not identical. While the HS aims to establish rules for a unified classification, regardless of whether the result leads to duty-free treatment or not, the ITA's objective is duty-free treatment for technological products.

Omer Wagner

classification, duties, taxes
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The connecting formula in classifying goods under the Harmonized System (HS) Convention
17-03-2024

The language of the Harmonised System (HS) Convention contains many formulas linking goods and their use, such as 'primary', 'principal', 'intended', etc. The HS seems to contain too many of these connection formulae, and the difference between them is not always clear. It is therefore suggested that the World Customs Organisation (WCO) eliminate the undefined terms and look for a method that is as simple as possible. The article below is a short version of the full article, which has been published in the World Customs Journal, 2023, Issue 17(2).

Omer Wagner

classification
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The connecting formula in classifying goods under the Harmonized System (HS) Convention
17-03-2024

The language of the Harmonised System (HS) Convention contains many formulas linking goods and their use, such as 'primary', 'principal', 'intended', etc. The HS seems to contain too many of these connection formulae, and the difference between them is not always clear. It is therefore suggested that the World Customs Organisation (WCO) eliminate the undefined terms and look for a method that is as simple as possible. The article below is a short version of the full article, which has been published in the World Customs Journal, 2023, Issue 17(2).

Omer Wagner

classification
en, lt
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Communication (EU): Recent changes in the classification of goods
26-11-2023

A recently published EU Official Journal contains a communication in accordance with Article 34(7)(a)(iii) of the Union Customs Code on decisions relating to binding information issued by the customs authorities of the member states concerning the classification of goods in the customs nomenclature. In this article, we provide an overview of some of the international tariff measures listed in the communication.

Ingrida Sakalienė

classification
en, lt
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Communication (EU): Recent changes in the classification of goods
26-11-2023

A recently published EU Official Journal contains a communication in accordance with Article 34(7)(a)(iii) of the Union Customs Code on decisions relating to binding information issued by the customs authorities of the member states concerning the classification of goods in the customs nomenclature. In this article, we provide an overview of some of the international tariff measures listed in the communication.

Ingrida Sakalienė

classification
en, lt
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Combined Nomenclature 2024 (and how we... classify dragons)
26-11-2023

Editors’ word: 2024 is the year of the wood dragon (Chinese zodiac sign). How do we classify such a dragon? :-) We can start the discussion with wood and its products, among which we find a dragon tree* (4407 29), and an old legend says that when a dragon dies, it is reborn as a dragon tree... such an interesting fact in the run-up to the New Year. Despite the importance of dragons in 2024, we won't find anything new about them in next year's Combined Nomenclature. However, we invite you to take a look at the other changes - check for any new developments related to your imports or exports. Thank you to Virginija Dordzikienė for the overview.

Virginija Dordzikienė

classification
en, lt
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Combined Nomenclature 2024 (and how we... classify dragons)
26-11-2023

Editors’ word: 2024 is the year of the wood dragon (Chinese zodiac sign). How do we classify such a dragon? :-) We can start the discussion with wood and its products, among which we find a dragon tree* (4407 29), and an old legend says that when a dragon dies, it is reborn as a dragon tree... such an interesting fact in the run-up to the New Year. Despite the importance of dragons in 2024, we won't find anything new about them in next year's Combined Nomenclature. However, we invite you to take a look at the other changes - check for any new developments related to your imports or exports. Thank you to Virginija Dordzikienė for the overview.

Virginija Dordzikienė

classification
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Leveraging AI for Customs classification purposes
19-10-2023

There are many discussions about the efficiency of classification assistance tools. In this article, we argue that an AI-based tool, if well-built and properly used, can support classification experts, enabling them to focus their attention on unusual and difficult product classifications.

Thibo Clicteur

classification
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Leveraging AI for Customs classification purposes
19-10-2023

There are many discussions about the efficiency of classification assistance tools. In this article, we argue that an AI-based tool, if well-built and properly used, can support classification experts, enabling them to focus their attention on unusual and difficult product classifications.

Thibo Clicteur

classification
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