The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) was enacted by Congress and made effective on January 1, 1989, replacing the former Tariff Schedules of the United States.
The HTS comprises a hierarchical structure for describing all goods in trade for duty, quota, and statistical purposes. This structure is based upon the international Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS), administered by the World Customs Organization in Brussels ; the 4- and 6-digit HS product categories are subdivided into 8-digit unique U.S. rate lines and 10-digit non-legal statistical reporting categories. Classification of goods in this system must be done in accordance with the General and Additional U.S. Rules of Interpretation, starting at the 4-digit heading level to find the most specific provision and then moving to the subordinate categories.
The "general" rates of duty subcolumn contains U.S. normal trade relations duty rates; products of some NTR countries may be eligible for preferential tariff programs, as reflected in the "special" subcolumn. Column 2 (the so-called "statutory rates") applies to countries listed in general note 3(b); the general notes set forth the rules for applying the HTS. Embargoes, anti-dumping duties, countervailing duties, and other very specific matters administered by the Executive Branch are not contained in the HTS.
The USITC maintains and publishes the HTS (in print and on-line) pursuant to the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988; see the preface to the HTS for additional explanatory material. However, the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection of the Department of Homeland Security is responsible for interpreting and enforcing the HTS.
This page provides access to the most recent online version of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS).
The web portals listed below provide access as well as previously released revisions to the HTS.
HTS By Chapter - access the individual chapters, notes, appendices which comprise the current version of the HTS in downloadable PDF format.
HTS Archive - access HTS information prior to the currently active revision of the HTS.
Tariff Database - access HTS information prior to the currently active revision of the HTS.
HTS Change Record - view a list of the modifications made in the current version of the HTS.
2019 HTS Item Count - a summation of various item counts and other metrics in the current HTS.
Fall 2018 Proposed Category Changes - a listing of the proposed 484(f) committee changes to the HTS and Schedule B that went into effect on January 1, 2019.
Free Trade Agreement Proclamation Annexes - list of annexes from free trade agreements that modify the HTS.
Modifications to the HTS - a listing of Presidential Proclamations and other notices which effected the HTS.
1205-13, Recommended Modifications in the HTS 2020 - WCO Recommendation concerning amendments to the Harmonized System Nomenclature
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC or Commission) pursues its mission in three areas of U.S. international trade:
There are currently no recent HTS-related announcements. To view prior announcements, visit the HTS announcement archive.