Customs Tariff and Export Control Classification

Overview

The most fundamental task in international trade is determining the correct customs tariff and export control classifications for a product. Subsequently, it is critical to consistently apply these classifications once they have been established. Classification can be a difficult undertaking but is an essential part of corporate compliance. Without  correct classifications, it is not possible to achieve the correct customs duty calculation or preferential treatment determination.

However, it is a fact that every day people in different divisions of a company make decisions about customs tariff and export control classifications, which often result in double effort and inconsistency for the same products – an offence which is easily and quickly proven by the authority and often entails costly warnings. To avoid this, central and standardized product classification is required.

MIC's Central Classification System (MIC CCS) offers a cost-effective solution for the determination, assignment and validation of customs tariffs and export control classifications according to the national customs tariffs and export control commodity lists. Additionally, MIC CCS contains all necessary content in a user-friendly format. Most importantly, the software allows clearly structured control of the entire product classification process at a global level.

Global product classification
  • A global customs and export control item master, fully integrated with ERP systems
  • Stores, classifies and validates products according to national customs tariffs and export control commodity lists
  • Workflow-based manual, semi-automated or fully automated assignment of the customs tariff/export control classification for multiple countries
  • Automated customs tariff/export control classification based on company individual product characteristics (user-defined configurable selection and matching rules)
  • Suggestion logic for customs tariff/export control classification using intelligent matching algorithms 
  • Automated customs tariff/export control classification of recurring articles
  • Efficient cross-country mass re-classification of multiple articles (e.g. for annual changes of customs tariffs)
  • Easy customs tariff/export control classification by means of decision trees
  • Customs tariff/export control classification for a new country based on that of another country (cross-classification)
  • Automatic integration (document management) of descriptions and images of the products as well as of article design, origin or cost data for easy product identification
Simplified data management
  • User-friendly look-up of customs tariffs, export control commodity lists as well as duty, tax and trade measures by means of search assistant
  • Easy transfer of part data to be classified based on interfaces to ERP systems
  • Complete audit trail as well as customs tariff/export control classification history for each item
  • Quick and correct recall in the event of revision
  • Global workflow management of classification tasks centrally from one location 
  • Data analytics for optimization of the quality in the customs tariff and export control classification processes
Optimized communication interfaces
  • Site-specific access to customs tariff/export control classification data
  • Web access to global customs tariff/export control classification data base (internet, intranet)
  • Regularly updated trade content by MIC’s Global Trade Content Service (GTCS) for more than 150 countries via fully automated interfaces to selected national and international content partners (e.g. national authorities, Mendel Verlag, etc.)
Benefits
01 Avoids double effort & inconsistency

due to cross-country workflow-based standardized product classification

04 Cost-efficient product classification

according to the national customs tariffs as well as export control commodity lists

02 Facilitates the determination

validation as well as allocation of customs tariff and export control classification numbers for a product through intelligent matching algorithm

05 User-friendly

format and look-up functionalities by means of search assistant 

03 Allows global control

of the entire product customs tariff and export control classification process

06 Regularly updated trade content

for more than 150 countries via fully automatic interfaces to selected national and international content partners

Resources
Origin Calculation | 7 December 2017
Imports and Exports | 6 December 2017
Imports and Exports | 4 December 2017
Imports and Exports | 4 December 2017
News | Central Classification | Customs Filing | Origin Calculation | 29 November 2017
News | Export Controls | Central Classification | Customs Filing | Origin Calculation | 15 November 2017
News | Central Classification | Origin Calculation | 28 July 2017
Central Classification | News | 24 July 2017
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