Frequently Asked Questions

Exporting Basics: Trade Terms

What's the difference between U.S. Schedule B and HTSUSA codes?
All U.S. export and import are based on the Harmonized Tariff System (HTS). The HTS assigns 6-digit codes for general categories. Countries that use the HTS are allowed to define commodities at a more detailed level than 6-digits, but all definitions must be within that 6-digit framework. The U.S. defines products using 10-digit HTS codes. U.S. export codes (Schedule B) are administered by the U.S. Census Bureau. U.S. import codes are administered by the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC).

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