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1203 Disclosure of Tariff Classification Cases (FAQ)


 Import declaration requires an importer to voluntarily decide the tariff code in line with the Customs Tariff Schedule of Annex of the Customs Tariff Law. The process of deciding the proper classification of the commodity is called tariff classification.

 "Harmonized System Explanatory Notes" is published in order to assist tariff classification. This publication systematically describes interpretational rules, definitions and principles of tariff schedule as a general standard for tariff classification and elaborates on the scope and contents of section notes, chapter notes and commodity codes.

 "Compendium of Classification Opinions" is also published as a reference for classification. Examples of classification of individual commodities of different countries are compiled in this publication.

 However, these publications are general descriptions and some may think that the specific classification criteria of individual goods are not clear enough.

 Thus, classification cases under the Advanced Classification Ruling System (see also: 1202: Advance Classification Ruling System) have been disclosed as a reference to improve transparency and predictability of the customs procedures. Information on classification cases are provided on the "Japan Customs Web Site".
 Examples of classification of individual commodities for reference are also published on the "Japan Customs Web Site".

(Article 7 of the Customs Law)

Interpretations, tariff rates and other information on specific commodity classification can be searched by a tariff schedule code of the Customs Tariff Schedule.

For usage of inquiries, contact the following offices:

Hakodate Customs

Customs Clearance Division
Customs Counselor
0138-40-4261

Tokyo Customs

Customs Clearance Division
Customs Counselor Office
03-3529-0700

Yokohama Customs

Customs Clearance Division
Customs Counselor Office
045-212-6000

Nagoya Customs

Customs Clearance Division
Customs Counselor Office
052-654-4100

Osaka Customs

Customs Clearance Division
Customs Counselor Office
06-6576-3001

Kobe Customs

Customs Clearance Division
Customs Counselor Office
078-333-3100

Moji Customs

Customs Clearance Division
Customs Counselor
050-3530-8372

Nagasaki Customs

Customs Clearance Division
Customs Counselor
095-828-8619

Okinawa Regional Customs

Customs Clearance Division
Customs Counselor
098-863-0099

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