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Customs Classification Service

Know your customs classification risks before the authorities do – and save money in the process

Try out our new customs classification service

PwC has developed a new AI based tool to help importers and exporters classify goods for customs more effectively. You’re invited to give it a try for free.

All you do is give us specific customs-related information, and we’ll provide you with a heat map to a) help you identify your customs classification risks and b) see where you could be using tariff codes with lower customs duty.

Simeon Probst

The classification of goods for customs is often ambiguous. Get it wrong and you end up paying too much and risking problems with the authorities. Get it right and you can save yourself considerable hassle and customs duty

Simeon Probst, Partner, Customs, Trade and Indirect Taxes, PwC Switzerland

What’s the problem with the present customs classification process?

Until now, determining the correct tariff code for imported and exported goods has been a pretty haphazard process, all done manually.

Usually companies get their freight forwarder to do their customs classification, without realising that a) it’s the declarant, not the forwarder, who’s ultimately responsible for classification, and b) with so many competing tariff codes, classification is often ambiguous. If you get it wrong, you can expect problems with the authorities – and you’re probably paying too much customs duty in any case.
The classification of goods has an impact on customs and excise duties, import VAT, origin management, preferential duties, and import and export restrictions. Get the classification right and you have much greater insight into and control over the entire customs process.

Why should I give it a try?

Pick a plan that fits for your business.

center_focus_weakSpot your opportunities

Our heat map will locate opportunities for you to save money by using competing codes with lower customs duty rates.

warningAvoid surprises

The heat map will highlight any invalid codes to make sure that you won’t be in for any nasty surprises at the next audit.

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The heat map will help you better understand the customs process and find out whether your product descriptions are sufficient for the freight forwarders and whether you’re affected by export controls.

What can our service do for you?

Basically, you supply us with specific data related to the present classification of your imported and exported goods, and we’ll send you a heat map providing the following information:
  • Incorrect classification
  • Opportunities for saving money
  • Insufficient product descriptions
  • Potential export controls and sanctions
  • Other insights
  • Summary

Interested? What comes next?

If you’re interested in finding out more about PwC’s customs classification service tool simply enter your email address and click the ‘Tell me more’ button. - We'll then contact you regarding some basic information and get back to you to let you know precisely what data we need from you to run the service. - We look forward to hearing from you!

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Your contacts

Simeon Probst
Simeon ProbstCustoms Trade and Indirect Taxes
Christina Haas Bruni
Christina Haas BruniCustoms and VAT