How to Find the HTSUS Number for Your Product

Part of your legal responsibilities as an exporter is to properly declare your products with the Department of Commerce.  This filling is done on the AES website.  You must file when you export shipments over $2,500 per commodity.  It is important that you file properly and correctly.

Defining the HTSUS

The United States International Trade Commission houses and provides the process for classifying products. The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the US (HTSUS) is the reference code used for classifying products.  The organization is a completely independent one, which works under the direct advice of federal government of the United States. They are entrusted with numerous responsibilities including, investigation of matters of trade, offering timely and relevant advice to Congress and the President.  They play a vital role in offering detailed data as well as policy notification, for the consumption and export/trade data to the public. The site has detailed, searchable list of products of export and import trade, as each product is classified under a unique number.

Locating HTSUS number

Locating the code of HTSUS may sometime seem to be a hugely difficult task. However, in reality the codes may be located without much of an effort. The code is internet based and can be found here.  We will shortly create a YouTube video in our channel showing you how to do it step by step.  We will update this post an update the feed so that you are notified once it is up.

How to Classify

The code is divided into 97 Sections.  Each Section is divided into Chapters and each chapter into numerical Headings and each Heading into Subheadings.

The goal is to drill-down or further clarify and identify the product in more detail as to narrow down the definition to more completely identify your product.

Let’s say you are exporting a “Large telescopic Poolside umbrella, which you can open to 8 feet coverage.”

Following this Path:





We would first identify “umbrellas” in Section XII:

“Footwear, Headgear, Umbrellas, Sun Umbrellas, Walking Sticks, Seatsticks, Whips, Riding-Crops and Parts Thereof; Prepared Feathers and Articles Made Therewith; Artificial Flowers; Articles of Human Hair”


At the Chapter level:

Chapter 66




Heading 6601:

Umbrellas and sun umbrellas (including walking-stick umbrellas, garden umbrellas and similar umbrellas):


Subheading 6601.91:

Having a telescopic shaft

You have just classified your first product.  It is not difficult and you are now armed with a powerful resource.  With this same number, you will be able to find the duty rate and arrive at a landed cost for your shipment in just about every country in the world.

You are now ready to determine which countries will offer the most profit.

Please continue to visit our site. We will have specific information on growing your business, eliminating the stumbling blocks and helping you make more money. We will cover documentation requirements, terms of sale, transportation options as well as market focus. Our goal is to have you exporting and growing your business. We look forward to working with you and thank you in advance for joining our community and for sharing with us your success as you prove that “The world is your customer.

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