What is a Harmonized Tariff Code and why do I need it?

Harmonized Codes are internationally recognized codes to classify an item for tax purposes. Harmonized Codes (also referred to as Tariff Codes, TARIC, Customs Tariffs, Harmonized Tariff Codes, and Harmonized System Codes) expedite the shipping process for international orders. Once an order reaches an international border, a country's customs office uses these codes to identify and to assess taxes, duties, and fees for what you are shipping.

Most destination countries use the Harmonized Code system while a few countries require the description instead. It is best practice to include both the Harmonized Code and a detailed description when shipping internationally. While it is not required, using Harmonized Codes for your international shipments will:

  • Help your packages move through customs more quickly

  • Help to ensure correct taxation on your exported products

  • Help to minimize the chances for loss of your products

Locate Your Harmonized Codes

For a full list of Harmonization Codes, go to the Current Tariff Classification page from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Australia uses an eight-digit code to classify goods for export. The first six digits align with the international classification and the last two digits are specific to Australian exports. The classifications are subject to change so you need to keep up-to-date. The Australian Harmonized Export Commodity Classification (AHECC) is usually updated every January and July and classifications can be found at the ABS Website.