Commodity codes classify goods for import and export so you can:

  • fill in declarations and other paperwork
  • check if there’s duty or VAT to pay
  • find out about duty reliefs

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Before you start

If you’re not sure how to classify your goods

Read the product classification guides to help you find the correct commodity code.

Getting advice

You can get advice on how to classify your goods by emailing

Include a full description of your product - what it’s made from, its use and function, and how it’s presented or packaged.

If you need advice about more than one product, send a separate email.

Apply for a classification ruling

You can apply for a Binding Tariff Information (BTI) ruling to give certainty about the correct classification and how much duty you’ll need to pay when importing your goods into the EU.

BTI rulings are:

  • legally binding throughout the EU for 3 years
  • free, but you may have to pay costs (for example, for laboratory analysis or expert advice)

You apply for a ruling using the eBTI online service.

  1. Register for an EORI number if you don’t have one. It usually takes 3 working days.

  2. Sign in to eBTI and read the guidance notes on how to make an eBTI application.

You’ll need a Government Gateway user ID and password to use the online service. If you do not have one, you can create it when you sign in for the first time.