Millions of tons of chemicals are traded, distributed, and delivered worldwide each day. This global trade is governed by the regulations covered by Chapters 28 and 29 of the World Customs Organization (WCO) Harmonized System (HS).
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Every chemical when shipped internationally requires an appropriate HS (also known as a commodity code) to be declared on shipping. A HS code is used by customs authorities to calculate tax and duty due, statistical tracking and trade compliance and sanctions enforcement. HS codes have to be declared for any item that moves across international borders. However for chemicals, they are particularly difficult to calculate, as they are based on the chemicals structure.
Ensuring the correct HS code is in place ensures compliance. However, the responsibility for negotiating what is otherwise complicated and detailed chemical guidance and rules usually falls on those with limited scientific or chemical knowledge.
This may cause delays in shipping or at customs. It can also lead to an increase in the number of errors in coding that may prove costly to businesses, easily running into the tens of thousands of dollars in unnecessary taxes every year.
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To find out more about chapters 28 and 29, please read the white paper here.
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