In the logistics and transportation sector, international shipments are an important part of the business. Carrying out this type of transaction involves the participation of various stakeholders, which is why a good working protocol and methodology is essential to carry out this task effectively.

In some other occasion we have seen some standardized processes and systems to make this type of international shipments much more fluid and understandable.

The TARIC Code is, without a doubt, one of the most useful resources for identifying and managing international shipping products.

Let’s take a closer look at what the TARIC code is and its importance for the logistics industry.


What is the TARIC code

The TARIC Code (Integrated Tariff of the European Communities) is the nomenclature of the integrated tariff in the European Community. It is a type of code that helps to identify the nature of the goods shipped and is only used within the EU.


What is the Taric code used for?

As we have already mentioned, any resource that helps to speed up the international shipping process is always of great value. In this case, the TARIC Code provides information by numbering the products and their nature.

It is very useful to identify the merchandise and to apply possible restrictions or additional requirements for its entry into a given country.

As a standardized code, it is easy to read and understand by all European Union countries.

This greatly speeds up the customs processes and those related to the transport of international goods.


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How it works

The main idea behind the use of this TARIC code is to specify as much as possible the type of goods being transported in order to develop a correct control of the goods moving through European territory.

Therefore, when making international shipments, it is necessary to know the tariff heading to which the goods belong.

The TARIC code must be included in the proforma invoice linked to the goods transported. Customs employees and administrative offices will be able to automatically identify the type and nature of the merchandise and apply their respective actions on it.


Structure of the TARIC code.

Tariff items are numbers used to classify a product in the Harmonized System and to determine the taxes and duties that apply to its import or export.

In Europe, tariff headings have a total of 10 digits. The first 6 correspond to the HS Code, adding the next two we have the NC Code, and finally, if we add 2 more we have the Taric Code.

HS CODE (Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System)

The HS CODE (Harmonized System Code) is a global commodity classification system developed by the World Customs Organization  It is used to identify goods that are imported and exported worldwide and consists of a series of numbers representing different product categories.

CN Code

The CN CODE (Combined Nomenclature) is a European version of the Harmonized System, which is used to classify products imported into and exported from the European Union (EU). The CN CODE is based on the HS CODE, but is extended in detail to include EU trade policy and regulatory requirements.


The TARIC Code (Integrated Tariff Rate System) is a system used in the EU to determine the taxes and duties applicable to the import or export of goods. The TARIC Code is based on the CN CODE and provides detailed information on tariffs and regulations applicable in the EU.


In summary, HS CODE is a global product classification system, while CN CODE is a European version based on HS CODE. Tariff headings are used to classify products in the Harmonized System and the TARIC Code is used in the EU to determine applicable duties and taxes. All these systems are interrelated and are used in the customs and international trade process.


How to get it

If you need to know the TARIC code of a product from any country in the world, you can do it in the following way:

Identifies the tariff classification of the product using the HS CODE (Harmonized System Code). You can find this information on the website of the World Customs Organization (WCO) or on the website of your country’s customs administration.

Once you have the tariff classification of the product, you can use an online database that provides information on tariffs and regulations applicable in the EU. One such database is TARIC Consultation, which is available on the European Commission’s website.

On the website of TARIC Consultation you can enter the tariff classification of the product to obtain information on tariffs and regulations applicable in the EU. The information includes product description, tariff rate, additional taxes, import restrictions and regulations and any applicable trade defense measures.


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