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Classification of Goods and Preferences

Goods classification - The heart of export control

A technical-legal goods classification based on the applicable goods control lists and embargo regulations is a complex task!

We prepare for you technical expert opinions for the determination of goods classifications on the basis of the applicable goods control lists (including Annexes I and IV of the EC Dual-Use Regulation, export list to the AWV, Russia and Iran embargo, etc.), for use vis-à-vis the official side or in the context of statements on export law.

Tariff classification / goods classification


TaxCus creates order out of the chaos of the goods nomenclature. Avoid fines or sanctions due to wrong or outdated commodity codes!


With the correct tariff classification, you have a solid foundation for smooth international trade. Assigning the correct commodity code is essential if you want to benefit from the right import duty and avoid penalties. The consequences of incorrect classification are often significant.

The tariff classification process is complex. Commodity codes change frequently. The code is used to determine, among other things, which documentation or information obligations you must fulfill. In addition, the nomenclature is the cornerstone for any restrictions or licenses and determines the amount of customs duties and excise taxes.


TaxCus offers various services to help you avoid classification problems.

In addition, our customs experts ensure proper tariff classification to avoid penalties, clear goods faster and comply with regulations.

Güterklassifizeirung und Tarifierung

Excerpt from our service catalog:

  • Ad-hoc classification and tariffication

  • Classification of your goods according to Annex I and IV of the EC Dual Use Regulation (dual-use goods) or according to the German national export list Part 1 Section A and B for military equipment

  • Classification according to the U.S. Commerce Control List (CCL) or according to the U.S. Munitions List (USML)

  • Classification carried out by experienced lawyers and engineers

  • Country-specific embargo checks

  • Tariff classification and determination of the correct customs tariff number

  • Obtaining binding tariff information (BTI) 

  • International goods classification

  • Customs tariff classification of large material masters

  • Customs tariff determination via query or API

  • Re-tariffing (CN and TARIC updates)

  • Supplement coded documents for import and export

  • Commercial descriptions of goods

  • Duplicate and gap analyses

Would you like to benefit from 3 years of legal certainty in the tariff classification of your goods?

This is possible with binding tariff information according to EU customs law. Binding tariff information decisions or BTIs are binding for all EU customs authorities and give you, as the holder, 3 years of legal certainty regarding classification.


A tariff information is only valid for the goods specified therein and your request must contain a detailed description, including all details necessary to determine the correct tariff classification. TaxCus provides professional and strategic support to help you achieve this legal certainty.

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