A Taric code or Taric number is a code to classify goods and must be used in the customs to declare goods and calculate duties as well as for statistical declarations.

A taric code is a 10 digit code as illustrated on the picture below. The first 6 digits build upon the HS or the internationl Harmonised System that specify the concrete product. The first two numbers of HS assign the goods to categories of crude and natural products and from there proceed to categories with increasing complexity.

Thereafter, by adding the next two numbers of the Combined Nomenclature (the CN subheading) we get further subdivisions of goods. The final 2 numbers – the Taric code – are added so that all EU countries’ rules and tariffs are covered. The 10 digits all together make up the TARIC code, that gives a detailed information about the goods transported and is the basis for duty calculations.

 

Taric code

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In case a TARIC code is not informative enough, one can go into further detail with the additional TARIC code. The length of the additional code is 4 digits and/or a letter.

The purpose of the Taric system is to harmonise the transportation of goods in the European Union according to a common system. All the products use the same system, therefore they are described and can be identified in the same way.