A Harmonization Number is a specific designation that the international mailing system assigns to products, so they can keep records of the types of items being imported into foreign countries.
Why do I need a Harmonization Number?
Some foreign countries' customs departments require Harmonization Numbers in order to determine the customs duties and import taxes that recipients need to pay when their shipment gets imported into their specific country.
Depending on the country you're shipping to, adding a Harmonization # when you fill out your customs form is optional. However, beginning on July 1, 2021, every shipment going to member countries in the European Union (EU) will require harmonization numbers to be recorded in the customs data, as per the new VAT guidelines for the EU 📝
Learn more about the changes to VAT fees for shipments going to the EU here.
How do I find my Harmonization Number?
To look up your product's Harmonization #, visit the World Customs Organization Search Engine and type in your product details. For example, if you're sending a T-shirt, type in "shirt" and then click the blue magnifying glass button 😉
When you do, you'll be able to select the closest heading option from the results that pop up. Find the heading that best describes your item, and click it. Here's how that looks for a T-shirt:
When you click your desired heading, you'll be able to scroll down on the next page and find your six-digit Harmonization #. In this case, if the T-shirt is made of cotton, that number will be 6109.10, as seen below:
Once you have it, all you need to do is type it into the "Harmonization #" section when making your customs form in Pirate Ship 👍 Make sure the number you're using has 6 digits, since that's what's needed to properly classify your goods in the international trade system.
That's it! If you have any questions about finding Harmonization #'s for your products, click the blue chat button to get in touch with our Support Crew - we're always happy to lend a hook 😃